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Disco Down As Immersive Da Vinci Experience Pops Off With DJ Sets

By Simon Cassar

Melbourne’s 3,000sq m multi-sensory gallery THE LUME has revealed its next exhibition—a captivating look into the works and life of Leonardo da Vinci.

And to top it off for a short time only the experience will pop off with a new spin on its 500 Years of Da Vinci, featuring remixed versions of Italian classics. For two nights only, renowned DJs Flex Mami (Melbourne) and Tanzer (NSW) will be hitting the decks and transforming the gallery into a unique fusion of art, music and most importantly, gourmet delights. On offer for snacks there will be a curated selection of Italian-inspired food and bevvies; Sofi Spritz, Pidapipo gelato and antipasto platters. Flexi Mami is playing Thursday, 4 July, and Tanzer on Thursday, 11 July.

The original exhibition, which launched in March this year (2024) saw the convergence of art an tech on a colossal scale wth Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius, transporting visitors to the Renaissance period. Transcending the views of a traditional museum, THE LUME is displaying unmatched intricacies of Da Vinci’s most famed works of art—Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and more.

Also on display are pages from the Codex Atlanticus, the largest collection of Da Vinci's drawings and notes which explore the artist's fascination with all sorts of subject matter, from anatomy to engineering. The pages made their way across the pond from Milan where they've been held since 1637.

Not only is Da Vinci's art celebrated, but also his ground-breaking innovations—50 machine inventions loaned from Rome’s Museo Leonardo da Vinci are on display. After meticulously studying Leonardo’s sketches, these machine inventions were crafted by skilled Italian artisans, using techniques of fifteenth-century Italy. 

There is a section dedicated to the work of French optical engineer, Mr. Pascal Cotte, whose world-exclusive 360-degree replica of the Mona Lisa will be exhibited. Adding to the Renaissance ambience will be works from da Vinci’s contemporaries, such as Botticelli's ‘The Birth of Venus’ and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling.

For all the latest and to book tickets head over here. And for some other cultural experiences check out the best art galleries in Melbourne over here.

Image credit: Lume Melbourne (supplied)

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