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The unique life size replicas of Lascaux international exhibition.

Designed and built in France (Périgord) with the collaboration of the best prehistorians and the painstaking work of artists, painters and engravers, Lascaux - International Exhibition, offers an identical reconstruction of the decorated walls of the most spectacular sanctuary of Paleolithic art.

Visitors can discover the life-size panels in a cave lit just as it was when the art was made, with oil lamps and torches. Also on display will be objects from Lascaux (arrow heads, spears, the famous pink lamp in red sandstone…), as well as anatomical models of a Cro-Magnon family.

This unique exhibition is the fruit of a marriage between cutting-edge technology and the art of excellence. The replicas exactly reproduce the topography of the rock walls based on a detailed laser scan of Lascaux. The panels are identical to the originals in their characteristics: micro-relief, appearance, texture and final rendering.

The 1000 m² exhibition layout will allow the public to explore the history of the famous cave which for over 70 years has been the focus of the efforts and interest of scientists and artists. Each visitor will be able to form his own personal interpretation of Humanity’s first works.

A successeful
World Tour

#1 Chicago (USA)
19/03/2013 - 08/09/2013
The Field Museum of Chicago

#2 Houston (USA)
18/10/2013 - 23/03/2014
Houston Museum of Nature & Science

#3 Montreal (Canada)
16/04/2014 - 14/09/2014
Montreal Science Centre

#4 Brussels (Belgium)
13/11/2014 - 12/04/2014
Royal Museum of Art & History

#5 Paris (France)
19/05/2015 - 30/08/2015
Exhibition Park, Porte de Versailles

#6 Geneva (Switzerland)
2/10/2015 – 17/01/2016
Palexpo

#7 Gwangmyeong (South Korea)
16 /o4/2016 – 04/09/2016
Lascaux Exhibition Hall

#8 Tokyo (Japan)
1/11/ 2016 – 19/02/2017
National Museum of Nature & Sciences, Ueno Park

#9 Sandei (Japan)
25/03/2017 – 28/05/2017
Museum of History of Tohoku

#10 Fukuoka (Japan)
10/07/2017 – 03/09/2017
National Museum of Kyushu

#11 Shanghai (China)
01/11/2017-28/02/2018
Shanghai Science & Technology Museum

#12 Johannesburg (South Africa)
17/05/2018-30/09/2018
Sci Bono Discovery Centre

Scientific
and Cultural Value

Technological innovation: a fresh view

The 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. Visitors will be able to travel throughout the whole cave in a virtual tour before admiring the 5 life-size facsimiles of the Nave and the Well. They will then come face to face in a unique and unforgettable meeting with a Cro-Magnon family. They can also admire the artists of Lascaux preparing their tools and then painting and engraving the walls of the cave.

 


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A unique archaeological and geological site

Located in Dordogne, in the commune of Montignac, the Lascaux cave is a timeless and universal work, a World Heritage site dubbed the “Sistine chapel of Prehistory”, a veritable masterpiece of prehistoric parietal art. Also known as the Lascaux bestiary, its frescos represent many animals, including horses, bulls, deer, ibex as well as felines, a cat, a rhinoceros and even an imaginary figure commonly called the unicorn.

Contact

OLIVIER RETOUT, PhD
o.retout@dordogne.fr
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