The “Sistine Chapel of Prehistory” at HMNS Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux opens Friday [10/18/2013]
BY Alex Wang [ October 18, 2013 at 14:28:53 ]
The “Sistine Chapel of Prehistory” at HMNS
Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux opens Friday
WHAT: Members of the press are invited to visit HMNS’ newest exhibit, Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux, opening Friday to the public.
On September 12, 1940 in Dordogne, France, in the commune of Montignac, four boys—Marcel Ravidat, Jacques Marsal, Simon Coencas, Georges Agniel, and their dog stumbled upon a long forgotten cave—a jewel of prehistoric art and a major archaeological revelation. The cave was named Lascaux.
Now, visitors to the Houston Museum of Natural Science can experience the same thrill of discovery felt by those young cave explorers more than 70 years ago. On Oct. 18, 2013 through March 23, 2014, explore Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux, a special exhibition featuring full-size replicas of the paintings. They are the most technically accurate reproductions of the cave paintings ever done.
Visitors walk through a cave-like gallery and discover paintings such as the Great Cow Panel, Swimming Stags Frieze, Crossed Bison Panel, and Shaft Scene, which have never before been reproduced.
WHO: Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Curator of Anthropology, HMNS
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. - noon
WHERE: The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, 77030
HOW: Contact Sami Mesarwi at (713) 639-4722 or Melodie Wade at (713) 639-4743 or come to Museum Services for assistance.
WHY: Scenes from the Stone Age invites us to contemplate these early masterpieces in their full splendor, and reflect on the creativity and humanity of our early ancestors. These people were far from the “cave men” of popular imagery. They were sophisticated hunters and gatherers who lived in a structured society with a culture much more refined than most of us imagine.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science—one of the nation’s most-heavily attended museums—is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, including the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, the Houston Museum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.