In 1995 the Niccolai firm of father and sons, in co-operation with noted academics and working in close collaboration with Professor Carlo Pedretti, enriched the study of Leonardo Da Vinci’s mechanics by creating a series of interactive models using materials from the time such as wood, cotton, brass, iron and cord and presented each exhibit with a replica codex page of the recently rediscovered Codex Madrid, from which its design was taken.
In 2001 the Italian Government recognised the high quality and skill achieved by the Niccolai family by conferring upon them the special award “Italia che Lavora” (Italy at Work).
In 2002 the Niccolai family together with a group of Florentine artisans established the company Teknoart S.R.L. and more recently NICCOLAI-TEKNOART SNC (FIRENZE) and Artisans of Florence Pty. Ltd.
In 2004 the Niccolai-Teknoart Group engage long time friend and expert Artisan Paolo Gori to manage the South American Tour operation.
In 2005 the Niccolai-Teknoart Group expanded with new partners, Mirko Marina (Architect) for animations, Antonio De Vito (Fresco Master/Artisan), Lisa Bouvier (Art Historian), Graphic designers & Art Critics Alessandro Innocenti, Andrea Del Carria and undertook new projects.
In 2006 Walt Disney productions lanches a new children movie titled A Bridge to Tarabithia, filmed partially in the NICCOLAI’S Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition in Auckland NZ.
In 2009 the new Exhibition Da Vinci Secrets “Anatomy to Robots” was launched in Melbourne, then Sydney and Seoul making headlines for its 15th century ‘working robots’ – never seen before.
The discoveries are the subject of the book titled Leonardo da Vinci: Automations and Robotics, CB Editions.
In 2010 the new Exhibition Machina Technologia Dell’antica Roma staged at the Museo Della Civilta’ Romana, Rome, was awarded the ‘Gold Medal’ of the President of the Italian Republic. It has also featured in television documentaries in Italy and international magazines such as Focus, Newton, National Geographic and Scientific America.
In 2012 the Group launched a brand new exhibition based on historical and scientific data titled -Julius Caesar Military Genius and Mighty Machines. Launched in Melbourne, Australia. It then opened at the Seoul War Museum in Korea, the South Australian Museum and the Hong Kong Science Museum.
In 2013 the Niccolai Group launched a series of exhibitions based on the life and achievements of Michelangelo Buonarroti which featured life size replicas of his sculptures in marble and cast from the original molds.
In 2016/17 the Niccolai Group engage reputable companies to promote the catalogue of exhibitions throughout the world:
Associação Cultural ITALIAN ART - Brazil & Latin America, Artisans of Florence - International - Australia, Merlan exhibits - USA & Canada, Pheme Japan - Japan, Teknoart S.R.L - Europe, Jinxin - Taiwan & China.
In 2018 international collaborations with Rocket Space Center (NASA associate) begins.
To date, exhibitions created by the Niccolai Group have toured to major cities all around the world entertaining in excess of 20 million visitors.
In 2019 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Da Vinci we opened the largest interactive museum dedicated to Leonardo with more than 120 models exhibited with interactive anatomy laboratories and Brunelleschi section in honor of the 600th anniversary of the construction of the dome.
From many years of experience in crafting and shipping exhibitions to museums and science centers we have developed high quality packaging methods for delivery by air, sea or from local ports by truck. With innovative packaging design, the logistical costs are hugely reduced with the option of self-assembly at the venue eliminating set up costs completely. These exhibitions are available for hire or purchase by educational institutions worldwide and come with over 50 interactive educational activities, graphic panels, worksheets and spare parts.
• WORLDWIDE SHIPPING
• EASY ON SITE ASSEMBLY
• DESIGN OF EDUCATIONAL PANELS, CAPTIONS AND DISPLAY UNITS
(FOR LOCAL PRODUCTION)
• DESIGN AND PRODUCTION OF CHILDREN'S CATALOGS
AND ACTIVITY ALBUMS