Embassy of Italy Yangon
PRESS RELEASE on THE “LEONARDO - OPERA OMNIA” EXHIBITION (9 November - 2 December 2019)
As part of the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the Embassy of Italy in Yangon will organize at Rosewood Yangon – which has kindly sponsored the venue – the “Leonardo Opera Omnia” Exhibition.
The official opening will occur on 8 November at 6:00 pm. The Exhibition will run from 9 November until 2 December, and will be open to the public every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The entrance will be free of charge.
Leonardo da Vinci was not only a great and world-acclaimed painter, but also sculptor, engineer, architect, anatomist, scientist, inventor and much more, proving himself in practically every area of human knowledge.
As such, he is widely acknowledged not only as one of the most prominent figures of Renaissance, but also as one of the greatest geniuses of all times.
His legacy is immense and eternal. His paintings are showcased in some of the most prestigious museums all over the world. His studies are still a source of inspiration nowadays.
The Exhibition will be the first of this kind to be ever organized in Myanmar.
It will display extremely high definition and true-to-scale reproductions of all the masterpieces of Leonardo, which could be admired only visiting 11 different locations all around the globe (see Annex for the list).
Through this initiative, the corpus of Leonardo is accessible in only one venue, offering Myanmar scholars, students, art lovers and non-specialist people alike the opportunity to be exposed to Leonardo’s unique pictorial work from close-up and in a single time.
The exhibition, curated by Italian art historian Prof. Antonio Paolucci and produced by RAI Com as part of an international cultural promotion programme sponsored by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, will therefore also have a high educational and informative value.
As for Asia, the “Leonardo – Opera Omnia Exhibition” has been brought already to Tblisi (Georgia), Beijing and Canton (China), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Bangkok (Thailand) and, after Yangon, will move to Jakarta (Indonesia).
“Having included Yangon in the restricted circle of Asian metropolis which have hosted this landmark Exhibition is important also to restore the reputation of this city as a cultural hub. Italy is strongly committed to support Myanmar in this path of growth, which is also instrumental to economic development. We hope that this initiative – which is so emblematic of the Italian creativity and heritage – will be a success, as it is yet another sign of our friendship towards the Myanmar people”, declared H.E. Ambassador Alessandra Schiavo.
The initiative is part of a rich agenda of initiatives promoted by the Embassy to celebrate Leonardo, with culinary events, a Lecture by an Italian expert especially dedicated to local art students, and the screening of the Movie “Io, Leonardo” with the Italian actor Luca Argentero, directed in 2019 by J. Garces Lambert.
The Lecture with the art students from NUAC will take place at NUAC, on 13 November at 2 pm.
A second workshop will take place at SSFA on 14 November at 10:00 am.
The movie about Leonardo’s life is scheduled on 14 November, at 7 pm at the Goethe Institut. All these events will be free of charge.
A special Gala Dinner inspired to the cuisine at the time of Leonardo will be organized by the Embassy of Italy at the Pullman Yangon Centrepoint Hotel on 15 November at 7pm. An expert of Renaissance recipes, Chef Carlo Maria Ricci, will come from Italy for this purpose. The Italian Embassy is also launching a competition, to which all Myanmar artists or art lovers will be entitled to participate: the author of the best painting or sketch inspired by Leonardo’s pictorial work will win 2 flight tickets from Yangon to Milan and back (the return will be via Phu Quoc).
The winners of the second and third places will be offered 1 flight ticket each for the same route. All flight tickets will be kindly sponsored by the Italian air company NEOS, and will have to be used between 7 January 2020 and 24 March 2020.
No accommodation and no other allowance will be granted.
To “resonate” more with the local community, some Htein Lin’s artworks will also be showcased at Rosewood Yangon (Promenade), during the same period of Leonardo da Vinci’s Exhibition. The Exhibition of this prominent Myanmar artist is called “Orbit of Dhamma” and is a meditation of the symbolic importance of the wheel, a subject that also intrigued – together with millions of others – Leonardo.
Within this programme, the Italian Embassy has also organized a very unique “Renaissance show”, bringing to Yangon – always for the first time – “La Rossignol”: a group of dancers, musicians and singers who will perform songs and dances from the Italian Courts between the XV and the XVI centuries, playing old instruments which have almost or totally disappeared and wearing ancient costumes, all reproduced after careful study of rare manuscripts of that time.
The very peculiar atmosphere of a “Renaissance Festa” (Reception) will be recreated by “La Rossignol” during a unique performance which will leave an everlasting impression on the audience and which will take place on 9 November 2019, at 7:00 pm, at the Grand Ballroom of Rosewood Yangon.
“Following our successful collaboration with the Italian Embassy last month with a renowned Italian jazz pianist, we are proud to extend our relationship further by featuring the Leonardo Opera Omnia art collection and Renaissance masterclasses and performances at Rosewood Yangon. We hope that our rich and diverse program of arts and cultural activities will help the hotel to become the cultural epicenter of the city,” says Ed Brea, managing director of Rosewood Yangon.
This show will follow two equally special masterclasses of Renaissance dances, organized by the Italian Embassy in collaboration with the Rosewood Yangon in the morning of the 9th of November (always at the Hotel): amateurs and professional dancers alike are welcome.
Each class can be attended by a maximum of 20 people; the entrance will be free. To enroll, on the basis of “first come, first served”, it will be necessary to register by sending an email by 30 October to [email protected]
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