Arts/Entertainment

Da Vinci’s Genius Comes to Union Station

Union Station’s latest exhibit offers a hands-on examination of Leonardo da Vinci’s life, research and art.

The work of one of the world’s true Renaissance men comes to Kansas City Oct. 23-May 1, 2016 with “Da Vinci: The Exhibition.”

Featuring more than 65 fully built, life-size inventions, more than 20 fine art studies and dozens of stunning displays, guests will learn the complex beginnings and lifetime achievements of da Vinci through his discoveries in art, engineering, flight, hydraulics, music, light and more.

“Da Vinci was truly a complex and fascinating person for the ages,” says George Guastello, president and CEO of Union Station Kansas City. “While we most often think of him as an artist, he was also a visionary, inventor, and engineering master—exactly the type of person who would have been drawn to our historic site where our programs and organizations epitomize STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education.”

Throughout the exhibition’s themed galleries, visitors can discover the breadth and depth of da Vinci’s advanced understanding of science, mathematics, nature, and the relationship between the three. The artist’s intricate designs and extraordinary early concepts are spotlighted, including his design for the helicopter, tank, SCUBA, crane, clock, submarine and his plan for a modern city. Each invention featured within Da Vinci: The Exhibition was handcrafted utilizing a modern translation of da Vinci’s unique mirrored writing style in an ancient Florentine dialect. Trained artisans used these translations to construct full-scale models and bring the master’s two-dimensional plans to life.

Multimedia experiences and documentary presentations throughout the space provide supplementary information on da Vinci’s discoveries and creative process.

“In addition to da Vinci’s role as an inventor, the exhibition investigates a collection of da Vinci’s most renowned paintings, including some controversial works traditionally attributed to him, but not yet authenticated,” says Tom Zaller, President and CEO of Imagine Exhibitions, Inc., which produced the exhibition developed by Aurea Exhibitions. “Guests will have the opportunity to thoroughly study the artistic mastery behind such works as Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Portrait of a Young Man, Virgin of the Rocks, St. John the Baptist and more.”

For more information about the exhibit and to buy tickets, visit unionstation.org/davinci.