LEONARDO - MONA LISA - THE MYTHS
In the first centenary (1913-2013) of the Mona Lisa recovery after the 1911 theft, this exhibition addresses a key topic for the history of art and culture of our time: Leonardo and the Mona Lisa in the complex mixture of myth and reality, or rather of the universal genius and the most famous painting in the world. It assembles in a knot of knowledge five centuries and an impressive medium phenomenon, that artists of the twentieth century have enriched with interpretations, intellectual provocations and new languages.
Leonardo's idea of beauty is moral and spiritual, inner and outer, it's expressed in the art as a synthesis of art and science, experience of nature and the extreme artifice; it is conceptual and physical, in technique and in style, it's configured according to human and mathematical proportions, physiognomical and psychological all out to the "movements of the soul".
With the beauty, which for him is the "need" and "eternal rule," Leonardo wants to transform the world around him, and using the pictorial inventions renews the concept of art, to capture the soul of the world, its dynamics, its mechanics and sublime metaphysics. It is the culmination of an "avant-garde renaissance" four centuries earlier and in a much more comprehensive manner than those of the twentieth century, including the Neo-avant-garde. Simply put, the twenty-one sections of the exhibition can be summarized in four paths that interact with each other:
About Leonardo Da Vinci, About Mona Lisa, Leonardo and Mona Lisa in Modern World and Leonardo's Models and Inventions.
Curator: Alessandro Vezzosi
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts,
20 July – 20 October 2013
National Palace Museum,
31 October – 10 February 2014
With collaboration of
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence