If You Happen To Be In Tokyo


© SPL Lascaux international exhibition

© SPL Lascaux international exhibition

It’s the rare few who will have the opportunity to enter the original Lascaux Cave, but thanks to the foresight of the French government and the hard work of dedicated scientists and artists, an exact replica was opened in 1983 that gave visitors a chance to experience the amazing archaeological site. Nearly 20 years later additional replicas have begun to tour the world.

A few days ago we posted about Judith Thurman’s receiving a Medal of Chevalier in part for her inspiring writings about the Chauvet cave. It was a happy coincidence that the traveling exhibit had just opened in Toyko’s National Museum of Nature and Science.

The National Museum of Nature and Science, the Mainichi Newspapers, and Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. will hold a special exhibition, “Lascaux: The Cave Paintings of the Ice Age”, from Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 to Friday, Feb. 19, 2017. About 20,000 years ago, dynamic pictures of animals were painted on the walls of caves found in southwestern France, the Lascaux Caves. The paintings were done by the Cro-Magnons. The Lascaux Cave paintings display richness in color and technique and the numerous depictions of animals are particularly astonishing that, in 1979, they were designated a UNESCO World Heritage.

In the exhibition, as well as introducing the full scope of the mysteries surrounding the Lascaux Caves, the artistic sculptures and various tools the Cro-Magnons used will be shown, leading the visitors on a tour to learn about humankind’s wealth of creativity and the dawning of art 20,000 years ago.

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