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Prehistomania exhibition at the Museum of Humans

During the first decades of the 20th century, researchers, thinkers and creators embarked on an exploration of the origins of humanity. A captivating quest that leads them to explore the artistic universe of the first humans. Prehistoric art, in particular cave and cave art, intrigues an entire society.


Date: From Tuesday November 17, 2023 to Sunday May 20, 2024

Location: Musée de l'Homme

Desires: Rock art, origin of Man, prehistory





Representations from cavities across the globe are revealed. They are entering the most eminent museums of modern and contemporary art, largely thanks to the surveys. These pictorial works are masterpieces in their own right!


Prehistomania Expo
Prehistomania Expo

Conceived during expeditions led by ethnologists and prehistorians, they bear witness to the state of a wall and a representation at a precise moment. Artistic creations from caves that are sometimes difficult to access are now presented to you through the exhibition. Around fifty surveys - some reaching up to 15 meters long - of paintings, drawings, archives and photographs take you in the footsteps of the documentalists... and the documentalists, many women actively participating, particularly within the expeditions of the ethnologist Leo Frobenius.



YOUR JOURNEY

The epic begins with a global vision of rock art on a global scale. Enter the caverns, following in the footsteps of those who explored them, discover emblematic surveys and relive the aesthetic impact of the beginning of the last century.

To enter the method for carrying out the readings, go to the next phase. From the Sahara to southern Africa, follow the missions of Frobenius, Breuil, or even Lhote and Bailloud, through a rich collection of works and personal objects, from the collections of the Frobenius Institute and the Musée de l' Man.

On their return from shipment, the surveys quickly become the subject of publications and exhibitions. Two exhibitions - one at the Musée d'ethnographie du Trocadéro (1933) and the other at the MoMA in New York (1937) - mark a turning point in their career. Relive these historical moments and contemplate the avant-garde works that dialogue with the surveys.

The last stage began in the 1940s. From this time on, the public's relationship with rock art evolved: it became more accessible, while the surveys moved away from our gaze.


Date: From Tuesday November 17, 2023 to Sunday May 20, 2024

Location: Musée de l'Homme

Desires: Rock art, origin of Man, prehistory

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