February 3, 2015
I had heard that there was the famous Lascaux Caves exhibition at the Cinquantenaire in Brussels, after having been in Chicago, Houston, and Montreal. Of course I didn't want to miss that and went with a friend to see the exhibition. It was absolutely great and very interesting. The caves were discovered by 2 teenagers in 1940. You can read more about the caves here.
Containing reproductions of paintings engraved 20.000 years ago, the cave of Lascaux is considered to be one of the most remarkable examples of Paleolithic cave art known to mankind but their meaning remains obscure.
Men, known as Cro-Magnons, similar to us in every way except for their culture, turned a little cave in Southwest France into a prehistoric sanctuary.
The Cinquantenaire in Brussels where the Exhibition takes place
The paintings prove that our ancestors of 20.000 ago were real artists, had already color pigments and tools.
They also didn't look as we had learned at school, they looked as we do today.
This is a woman who put face painting on her son. There were also black people and Asiatic looking people, but I couldn't take a picture, photographing was not allowed but I did it without flash.
This is a skeleton of a tiger found in the Ardennes in Belgium. It was huge, our today's tigers would look like house cats against them.
The rhinoceros skelteon was also much bigger than our rhinoceros today
A mammoth baby
and an enormous elk skeleton found in Ireland.
While we humans are getting taller from generation to generation, it seemed to me that the animals today are smaller.
After Brussels the exhibition will be shown in Paris, Geneva, Seoul, Tokyo and Fukuoka (Japan).
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
February 3, 2015