VISUAL ARTS + MUSEUMS
Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux
October 18, 2013 - March 23, 2014
The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux. Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux will open at HMNS on Oct. 18 to give visitors insight into some of the most famous examples of Upper Paleolithic art that dates back nearly 20,000 years. The exhibition will remain on view through March 23, 2014.
The Lascaux cave, now a World Heritage site, has been dubbed the "Sistine Chapel of Prehistory." Also known as the Lascaux bestiary, its frescos represent many animals, including horses, bulls, deer, ibex, cats, a rhinoceros, and even the legendary unicorn. These pictures are accompanied by enigmatic signs and some human representations, such as a man facing a charging bison, raising new questions about the perception of our prehistoric ancestors.
This international exhibition brings together state-of-the-art digital technologies in order to make the visit interactive and unforgettable--simulators of human presence, virtual trips using the most advanced 3D projections, interactive terminals as well as multimedia and a model of the cave.
You will be able to travel throughout the whole cave in a virtual tour before admiring the life-size recreations of the Nave and the Well.
The French cave complex, has been closed to the public since 1963 in order to preserve the artwork. Only recently has the artwork become again accessible to the masses with the launch of Lascaux — International Exhibition by the Consul General of Dordogne, which opened in Bordeaux, France, last October.
After the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, HMNS is only the second venue in North America to show the exhibition, which includes a full-scale replica of a cave environment — down to the millimeter — with painting friezes, plus rare artifacts, multimedia presentations, realistic Cro-Magnon sculptures by Elisabeth Daynes, interactive learning stations, multi-media presentations and a virtual visit of the entire cave.
"I know this exhibition is the perfect blend, of our museum, of nature and science and art . . . This is the kind of thing that will capture the imagination of museum visitors," said Joel Bartsch, president and CEO of HMNS.