Exhibit Review: Lascaux, The Sistine Chapel of Prehistory


1. discovering Lascaux

You may be wondering why there is a review on something so spectacularly pre-dating even clockpunk on this here blog. Well, because of the dieselpunk era archaeological aspect, which is something that has a significant role in this exhibition about the Lascaux caves.

The exhibit was (because it has sadly ended, but the museum exhibition book is still available), extremely interesting to see the evolution of pre-historic archaeology, clearly discribing how the find was treated from the first moment 4 teenage boys chased after their dog and stumbled upon the murals back in September 1940, up the current day use of modern archaeology to further study the many drawings of people, deer, bison, felines, horses and geometrical figures found that have been dated to be 20 000 years old on the site in the French Dordogne area.

2. Tracing Paper

The exhibit offered 3D replicas, a 3D film, 2D documentary about one of the drawings in particular, a black cow, but also the making of the exhibit, the archaeology used both during and after WW2 right up to the present day, and offered quite a few chances for visitors to experience a bit of a hands on a approach themselves.

It may no longer be housed at the Cinquantenaire museum in Etterbeek, Belgium, but as it’s a traveling exhibit that previously also spent time in Chicago, Houston and Montréal, you may very well be able to catch it in a town near you. Who knows, the part that the Cinquantenaire specially added about the paleolithicum in Belgium, in collaboration with the Belgian Natural History Museum, may even move along to the next destination!

That said, the Cinqantenaire museum in itself is well worth checking out, so if you find yourself in Brussels, it’s well worth making the small trip to Etterbeek (next to Brussels) by public transport to check it out. Beware though, you can easily spend and entire day there!

Photos © Lascaux International Exhibition.
We weren’t allowed to take our own photos at the exhibit, so we used the official ones of 1940 and 1963 instead.

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