by Rock Art Network
14 December 2023
The Cave Art of Lascaux: a Virtual Reality Experience
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, England.
1 April — 10 September 2023
Step back in time 21,000 years and visit the incredible Stone Age cave art of Lascaux in immersive 3D.
Experience this interactive exhibition wearing a Virtual Reality headset.
This world heritage site in the Dordogne, France, was discovered in 1940 by two teenagers. It features etched and painted images large and small, of many animals. These include bison, horses, ibex, large cats and even a rhinoceros. There are also mysterious symbols and abstract elements.
International teams of experts have spent decades researching and analysing the images, working out how they were made and what they might mean.
The site itself has been closed to the public since 1963, but there is a full size replica of the cave complex in France. Now, using the latest technology, you can ‘visit’ the caves.
Explore the drawings in detail and learn how they were found, preserved and recreated. Discover ‘invisible’ engravings and hear from experts about the original purpose of the site.
The exhibition also features displays on Cro-Magnon (early European modern human) life and culture. There are replicas of objects found on the cave floor, and stunning lifesize sculptures of a Cro-Magnon family.
This exhibition was created by The Departmental Council of Dordogne, with support provided by the Regional Council of New Aquitaine, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and the European Union. The worldwide tour is organised by the SPL Lascaux, international exhibition.
Note from the Editor: "I visited yesterday - fantastic!" Comment