The "Lascaux III" Exhibition Arrives in Houston
From Dordogne to the World
In 1940, four boys stumbled onto prehistoric treasure in cave in Dordogne, France. Since then, the Lascaux cave has become renowned the world over for its animal paintings—incredible examples of paleolithic art. Over the years, as the cave grew in popularity, its availability to visitors has gone through several stages in order to preserve the history contained there. Today, the third exhibit of the Lascaux frescoes brings the cave to the rest of the world in a traveling exhibition, which first arrived in the United States at the Chicago Field Museum in March 2013, and will now reside at the Houston Museum of Natural Science until March 23, 2014 before finishing its tour in Montreal.
Scenes from the stone age: the cave paintings of Lascaux
The Lascaux III exhibition is a full-scale reproduction of a cave environment, using the latest in technology to immerse and engage visitors: sounds, 3-D projections, interactive stations. There is a virtual tour of the entire cave, an encounter with a Paleolithic family as they prepare their tools, and an up-close introduction to the cave nave and well, with five new frescoes never before exhibited.
From Lascaux I to Lascaux III
- Lascaux I, original cave discovered in 1940 by four teenagers and a dog near Montignac (Dordogne) was closed in 1963 for his backup.
- Lascaux II, a replica of almost 80% of the frescoes was the only alternative, since 1983, receiving approximately 250,000 people per year, a few hundred meters from the original site.
- With Lascaux III, the visitor is immersed in the darkness of the nave walls reproduced to the nearest millimeter.