Exhibition Title: Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux
Media Preview: March 19, 2013 at 10am
Exhibition Dates: March 20-September 8, 2013
Overview: The cave paintings of Lascaux (Lass-KOH) are the world’s premier example of prehistoric art. Discovered in 1940 in southwest France, these masterpieces were made by our early ancestors almost 20,000 years ago. French officials closed the cave in 1963 to preserve the paintings but now, thanks to the latest digital technology, the cave has been painstakingly re-created with full-sized replicas of the artworks including some shown for the first time to the public. Exhibition visitors will experience the thrill of walking through the cave and discovering beautiful, ancient artworks lit by simulated torch light. Along the way, they will encounter a lifelike stone-age family – an old man, an adolescent, a woman, and a child – created by sculptor Elisabeth Daynès. The exhibition also features rare stone-age artifacts from the Museum’s collections. Videos and interactives explain how Paleolithic people lived and how the cave paintings were made, but the purpose of the paintings remains a tantalizing mystery. The Field Museum is the first North American venue for this highly anticipated exhibition.
Location: The Field Museum; 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2496
Phone numbers: (312) 922-9410 (General Field Museum Information)
Organizer: This exhibition was created by The General Council of Dordogne, with support provided by the Regional Council of Aquitaine, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and the European Union.
Admission: Tickets to Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux are included in both Discovery and All-Access passes to the Museum. Discounts are available for Chicago residents. Visit fieldmuseum.org. Special rates are available for tour operators and groups of 10 or more. Call our Group Sales office toll-free at (888) FIELD-85 (888) 343-5385.