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Rock art on exhibition at Centre Pompidou

Two large format rock art copies from the Frobenius institute's archives are currently on display at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
They are included in the exhibition "Préhistoire, une énigme moderne" open to public from May 8th through September 16th, 2019.


"Préhistoire, une énigme moderne" ("Prehistory. A modern puzzle")

8 May to 16 September 2019, Centre Pompidou, Paris

With this unique exhibition, the Centre Pompidou refers to the connection between prehistory and modern as well as contemporary art. In a journey through time, one can see how in the great crisis of "modernity", first artists and then society as a whole felt drawn to their "origins" and how a fantasy image of what preceded history emerged.

It turns out that some of the most important artists of the 20th and 21st centuries were downright obsessed with the question of "prehistory": Picasso, Miró, but also Cézanne, Klee, Giacometti, Ernst, Beuys, Klein, Dubuffet, Louise Bourgeois, Marguerite Duras, Robert Smithson and, among our contemporaries, Giuseppe Penone, Miquel Barceló, Marguerite Humeau, Pierre Huyghe and Dove Allouche. In addition to Palaeolithic sculptures, two large-format copies of rock art paintings from the Frobenius Institute's archives can also be seen.

Exhibition website