1519 – A Significant Year (Part 1)
The Renaissance Master: 500th Anniversary of the Death of Leonardo da Vinci


Da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 in the small Tuscan town of Vinci, near Florence, Italy. In May 2, 1519, Da Vinci died at the age of 67 in his residence near the Royal Château of Amboise in the Loire Valley, France. He lived in a golden age of creativity among such contemporaries as Raphael (1483-1520) and Michaelangelo (1475-1564), and contributed his unique genius to virtually everything he touched. He’s known for his artistic abilities but he was not just a painter and artist, but also an engineer, architect, scientist, inventor, cartographer, anatomist, botanist and writer. His natural genius crossed so many disciplines that he epitomized the term “Renaissance man”. Today he remains best known for his art, including two paintings that remain among the world’s most famous and admired, Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

Mysteriously, a newly discovered volume of Leonardo’s journal, written a few months before his death in 1519, that records his visit to the year 2019, as the guest of a mysterious time-traveler.

Leonardo da Vinci embodies Renaissance on his own and his genius is still fascinating 500 years after he passed away. MPI Library is proud to present a book exhibition to pay the highest respect to the legendary master. This exhibition is the first in our series of “1519 - A Significant Year” exhibitions.

Date: 15/03/2019 - 14/07/2019
Venue: Library, 2nd Floor, Wui Chi Building, MPI

LIST OF BOOKS EXHIBITED

Further Reading Materials


How Design Thinking Makes Change


Design thinking is a methodology that imbues the full spectrum of innovation activities with a human- centered design ethos. This concept is rooted in David Kelley (The founder of the global design and innovation company IDEO. He also founded of the Stanford d.school- the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University), he believes thinking like a designer can help people transform the way to develop products, services, processes and even strategy.

The best example is Apple which has always used design thinking in its approach. Think of Steve Jobs, a man obsessed with the user experience. Jobs had a laser-focused mentality for products. He was notorious for driving people crazy searching for solutions in places no one had been before. His focus was on craft, empathy, and simplicity, Apple products to this day are the most user-friendly in the market, right down to the packaging. With design thinking, Apple created a new market, one that it now dominates.

The library will guide readers to gain a deeper understanding of design thinking by presenting our relevant collections, change the habitual thinking maybe you can be the next reformer.

Date: 15/11/2018 - 14/03/2019
Venue: Library, 2nd Floor, Wui Chi Building, MPI

LIST OF BOOKS EXHIBITED

Further Reading Materials


Joint Exhibition for Traditional Western Book Binding and Conceptual Book Design


In order to promote the inheritance and creation of book design and traditional western book binding, "Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI)", "University of Saint Joseph (USJ)" and "The Macao Institute of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Relics (MICRCR)" jointly organize the "Joint Exhibition for Traditional Western Book Binding and Conceptual Book Design”.

The exhibition is divided into two parts. The first part shows selected outstanding handmade books from the students who have completed the "Elementary Course in Binding and Conservation of Western Rare Books" which was co-organised by USJ Library and MICRCR in summer 2017. The handmade books are made by three traditional western book binding methods which include Coptic Binding, Cloth Case Binding and Quarter Leather Tight Back Binding. The second part of the exhibition features a selection of year three students' works in conceptual book design from "Graphic Design II" course of the Bachelor of Arts in Design of the School of Arts of Macao Polytechnic Institute. Those works are filled with ideas, creation and inspiration.

Over 20 works will be on display during the exhibition, showcasing design ideas, binding techniques and craftsmanship. It is also reflecting the creativity, craftsmanship, design forms and concepts of traditional and non-traditional book designers. It is hoped that a creative spark will ignite through this spectacular encounter.

Date: 15/10/2018 - 14/11/2018
Venue: Library, 2nd Floor, Wui Chi Building, MPI


Generation Z: are you ready for the future?


Generation Z refers to a group of people who were born in the mid-1990s to the 2000s. They are grew up with smartphones, experienced the 911 terror in 2001 and the financial crisis in 2008, which was a time of raging terrorism, global conflict spreading and severely unbalanced allocation of resources.
Under such circumstance, Generation Z will encounter more challenges from clashes of culture, change of technology and complex political situation. Therefore, the cultivation of creativity, technology literacy and critical thinking is essential in helping them to meet the future challenges.
For those who want to have a deeper understanding of the situation and seeking opportunity from the current social dilemma, our book exhibition will surely inspire you.

Date : 15/06/2018~14/10/2018
Venue : Library, 2nd Floor, Wui Chi Building, MPI
LIST OF BOOKS EXHIBITED


The War to End All Wars? End of WW1 centenary


At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ends. Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiégne, France. World War I was known as the “The War to End All Wars” because of the great slaughter and destruction it caused. The First World War left 8.5 million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary and France each losing more than million or more lives. In addition, at least 13 million civilians died from disease, starvation, exposure or massacre. The war result in the fall of four empires (Romanov, German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman), created numerous new nation-states, encouraged independence movements in Europe’s colonies, forced the United States to become a world power and led directly to Soviet communism and the rise of Hitler. However, this war, which claims to end all wars, left behind the result of the next even bigger calamity of world war. This year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. A hundred years away, what should we think of this war? We hope through the book exhibition to evoke people’s memories and rethinking of that human tragic history.

Date : 15/02/2018~14/06/2018
Venue : Library, 2nd Floor, Wui Chi Building, MPI
LIST OF BOOKS EXHIBITED


When poetry meets calligraphy


Letters make words, words make poems. By reciting, reading, reading out loud, poetry typically evokes ours intense emotion – joy, sorrow, anger, catharsis, love…To coincide with the 150th anniversary of the birth of Portuguese symbolist poet of the 20th century who lived most of his life in Macau - Camilo Pessanha (1867-1926) this year, our current book exhibition exhibits Sino-foreign poetry related book collection as well as display 4 selected poems in Latin, Portuguese and English calligraphy artworks created by alumni from School of Arts, MPI. We hope through the beauty of poems and calligraphy to show you the beauty of writing, the power of words, leading you to the poet’s view of the world.

Date : 15/10/2017~14/02/2018
Venue : Library, 2nd Floor, Wui Chi Building, MPI
LIST OF BOOKS EXHIBITED


Books for freshman


As freshmen, the four-year college time is a milestone of knowledge vogue in life. What can you expect from your college life? Your college years will be the best years of your life to equip yourself to adopt changes either in life or workplace, mapping out your own future. It is not surprised that by just applying professional knowledge, is not enough to cope with the complex and changing society, but cultural literacy, morality, self-restraint and a wild range of knowledge also take into account. All of these will lay down the foundation to improve your critical thinking skills that will help you to overcome the obstacles & challenges you face on a daily basis. The Library has selected series of recommended books which provide paths for freshmen to seek for the key to success.

Date : 15/06/2017~14/10/2017
Venue : Library, 2nd Floor, Wui Chi Building, MPI
LIST OF BOOKS EXHIBITED


The Power of Visual Graphics - The Implement of Data Visualization


Living in the era of information explosion, we are continuously bombarded by information from Internet, social media etc. It is actually quite a big problem for us to decide whether we are able to absorb such type of gigantic data. A journalist, David McCandless and a Danish Physician Tor Norretranders had conducted an experiment of converting human sense organs into the concept of computer data, from which, they discovered that your sense of sight is the fastest. The eye is exquisitely sensitive to patterns in variations in color, shape and pattern. If you combine the language of the eye with the language of the mind, which is about words and numbers and concepts, you start speaking two languages simultaneously, each enhancing the other. So we can use this new kind of language, if you like, to alter our perspective or change our views.

Date : 15/02/2017~14/06/2017
Venue : Library, 2nd Floor, Wui Chi Building, MPI
LIST OF BOOKS EXHIBITED


Umberto Eco Memorial Exhibition

Umberto Eco, (born January 5, 1932, Alessandria, Italy—died February 19, 2016, Milan), Italian literary critic, novelist, philosopher, esthetician, and semiotician. He is best known for his novel Il nome della rosa (1980; The Name of the Rose). The novel was completed at the age of 48, published since 1980. Winner of the Strega liberary award in 1981 and adapted for the screen in 1986 by the director Jean-Jacques Annaud with Sean Connery starring in it. The novel has been translated into 47 languages and has sold 30 million throughout the world.

Mourning the loss of Italian author and philosopher Umberto Eco,the MPI Library is honored to exhibit the work of Umberto Eco. We hope that you will enjoy his wonderful literary works.

Date : 15/10/2016~14/2/2017
Venue : Library, 2nd Floor, Wui Chi Building, MPI
LIST OF BOOKS EXHIBITED


Recreation · Leisure


With the enjoyment of summer holiday, grabbing the chance to commence an amazing book journey will definitely refresh us.  
For the second Library Exhibition “Recreation · Leisure ” , we library had selected six categories theming “Brain Work”, “DIY”, “Strength”, “Meditation ”, “Rumination” and “Enjoy ”, by which guiding readers to discover the pleasure over “Sports and Art”, “Create and Think” as well as “Recreation and Leisure”.
Thus experiencing the lifestyle of contradictory, adjustment and balancing.

Date : 15/06/2016~14/10/2016
Venue : Library, 2nd Floor, Wui Chi Building, MPI
LIST OF BOOKS EXHIBITED


Dilemma – Game Theory and Geniuses

Avoid being killed from Moriarty; Sherlock Holmes planned to escape from London. He discovered that Moriarty was in the railway station as he did. Both Moriarty and Sherlock had two options: getting off at Canterbury, or continuing to Paris. If both of them get off at the same station, then it would mean severe consequences on Sherlock Holmes; otherwise, Sherlock Holmes would escape and get a chance to fight back. Both Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty knew very well each other’s strategies and what results would lead for each option. Sherlock Holmes made a meaningful remark after getting off at Canterbury, This comment showed that he was very well acknowledged of the potential actions that would be taken by Moriarty and what consequences would these actions lead to, and he fully appreciated the fact that Moriarty knew his options as well. Finally, the payoffs Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty receive completely depended on each other’s choice, that is, if they would get off at the same or different station, and we should be able to assume that both of them value their lives and would prefer to destroy the other’s life and receive larger payoffs.

Mathematician John von Neumann & Oskar Morgenstern studied the situation of this case by applying the Game Theory. Are you interested in the result of their study? Find the answer from the Library Book Exhibition…

Date : 15/02/2016~14/06/2016
Venue : Library, 2nd Floor, Wui Chi Building, MPI

LIST OF BOOKS EXHIBITED


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