Mediathek Event
May 10, 2021
Online Vernissage: Leonardo's Intellectual Cosmos

Logo zur Ausstellung "Leonardo's Intellektueller Kosmos"Our virtual doors will open at 17:00 with welcoming remarks from our representatives of the two host institutions, Barbara Schneider-Kempf and Jürgen Renn. Afterwards, friends and patrons of the exhibition will reflect upon the most important aspects for its emergence: the strong partnership between Italy and Germany and the importance of Berlin.

At the heart of the evening stands the talk by Prof. Alessandro Nova, who will introduce the method of analogy so often used by Leonardo and show that the work of the artist-researcher-engineer can only be explored by overcoming the boundaries of disciplines—from art to history to philosophy and the natural sciences.

Subsequently, our team of curators and the architect of the Berlin exhibition will speak about how Leonardo's intellectual cosmos was transformed into an exhibition, the role the architecture plays, and the challenges they faced while creating the exhibition. We look forward to a lively discussion and many questions from the audience via our YouTube Live Chat!

The opening will be streamed live on YouTube:

Please note the changes in the program.


Drawing of paper sheets flying through the exhibition.The event will be moderated by Jürgen Renn.

17:00 Welcoming Remarks and Greetings
Michelle Müntefering
Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office

Michael Müller
Governing Mayor of Berlin

Alessandra Molina
Chargé d'Affaires of the Italian Embassy Berlin

Prof. Hermann Parzinger
President, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz

Prof. Paolo Galluzzi
Director, Museo Galileo Florence

Markus Reinhard
Executive Director, NOMIS Foundation

Dr. Barbara Schneider-Kempf
Director, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

Prof. Jürgen Renn
Director, Max Planck Institute for the
History of Science

17:45 Break

17:50 Talk
Value and Limits of the Analogical Method in the Work of Leonardo da Vinci

Prof. Alessandro Nova
Director, Kunsthistorisches Institut Florence

18:25 Pause

18:35 Panel Discussion: Exhibition Curators
Dr. Sabine Hoffmann
Art Historian and Curator

Prof. Serge von Arx
Architect of the Exhibition

Prof. Matteo Valleriani
Curator and Project Leader
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Prof. Jürgen Renn
Curator and Project Leader
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

ca. 19:25 End




Logo Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Logo Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Logo Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
Logo Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
Logo Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Logo Stiftung Planetarium Berlin
Logo Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Embassy of Italy Berlin

Online Vernissage: Leonardo's Intellectual Cosmos