Exciting exhibition at the Pompidou Center

The EXPO "Prehistory, a modern enigma

  • WE LOVE : a very ambitious and original exhibition   
  • AGE : for all, from 7 years old
  • DATE: until September 16, 2019
  • LOCATION: Pompidou Center (Paris 4th)
exhibition prehistory a modern enigma at Beaubourg

A museum of modern and contemporary art presents an exhibition entitled "Prehistory, a modern enigma"!

  • The Centre Pompidou makes modern prehistory. He takes the side of bringing the artists of prehistory closer to those called modern or contemporary like Cézanne, Klein, Picasso or Louise Bourgeois.
  • The purpose of this exhibition is to to question the fascination that prehistoric times exert on modern and contemporary art.
  • This subject has hitherto remained relatively new. There was an exhibition at MoMA in New York in 1937 and at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 1948.
  • The itinerary is chronological and the exhibition brings together more than 300 works,. It begins with prehistoric works such as the Mammoth of the Madeleine and presents modern and contemporary works specially created for the occasion.
  • One enters the exhibition like in a cave, penetrating into the darkness. We cross at first the skull of a Cro-Magnon man and then we admire the famous Venus of Lespugue. It is a 25,000-year-old Venus, a small statuette less than 15 centimeters long, carved from the ivory of a mammoth defense. She has a small, tiny faceless head and disproportionate forms. This Venus has fascinated the greatest artists, including Picasso who had a replica cast in his studio. He was clearly inspired by his painting painted in 1936 "La Femme Nue Recumbent".
  • The exhibition shows how modern articles such as Fontana, Dubuffet, Picasso, Yves Klein and many others are interested in the Paleolithic codes, the parietal traces.
  • Finally, the exhibition recalls the role of films in the popular diffusion of prehistory with "The War of Fire", "The Lost World", "King Kong", "The Space Odyssey", "Jurassic Park".
  • "Prehistory a modern enigma" is a very beautiful exhibition which succeeds in bringing together astonishing and original works. It leads us to look at the greatest masterpieces of modern and contemporary art from a resolutely new angle.
  • The exhibition was realized in partnership with the National Museum of Natural History - Museum of Man, the National Archeology Museum - National Estate of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and the National Museum of Prehistory.

"Prehistory a modern enigma" is also addressed to young audiences

  • Throughout the exhibition, workshops are scheduled for young people.
  • The workshop "One hand, ten tools" invites children from 2 to 5 years oldas a family, using a variety of tools to create a repertoire of forms and to assemble them, then to discover the exhibition and emblematic works
  • The workshop "The trace and the footprint" proposes to 6-10 years as a family, to experiment the impacts of the gesture according to the nature of the tools and supports, then to visit the exhibition
  • Until September 2nd, the Children's Gallery is transformed into a prehistoric territory "The end of the Paleolithic". It becomes the place of various experiments and proposes to the young people, from 4 years old, workshops around the architecture, the adornment, the music, the dance and the painting, to "[become] aware of our capacity to evolve by starting from nothing ".

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