Crochet Coral Reef and Leonardo

Opening in June, the IFF’s Crochet Coral Reef will be on show alongside Leonardo da Vinci’s celebrated Codex Leicester, the book that contains his famous drawings of water. The exhibition, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, is a rare chance to see da Vinci’s original drawings and his related water-themed theories, including his ideas about the origin of the moon and the cause of tides. The wider exhibit surrounding the Leonardos is intended as an examination of the interface between art, science, mathematics and nature. As curator Alex Bortolot writes: “The exhibition is organized to explore ways in which ‘thinking on paper’, curiosity, and observation lead to innovation.” Picking up on the watery theme, the show also features Bill Viola’s video installation The Raft, and a special section devoted to the mathematics behind the Crochet Coral Reef project. [See MIA Press Release.] “Leonardo da Vinci, the Codex Leicester, and the Creative Mind” is on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, June 21–August 30.

Leonardo da Vinci , a page from <em>Codex Leicester</em> (1506–10). Leonardo da Vinci, a page from Codex Leicester (1506–10).