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The British Museum - Ice Age art exhibition


Ice Age art - arrival of the modern mind

An exhibition 40,000 years in the making

7 February - 26 May 2013

Discover masterpieces from the last Ice Age drawn from across Europe in this ground-breaking show. Created between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago by artists with modern minds like our own, this is a unique opportunity to see the world's oldest known sculptures, drawings and portraits.

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baza Posted by baza
26th November 2012ce

Comments (11)

Sounds good, though not sure about -

“These exceptional pieces will be presented alongside modern works by Henry Moore, Mondrian and Matisse, illustrating the fundamental human desire to communicate and make art as a way of understanding ourselves and our place in the world.”

That’s a little like having an exhibition of Japanese prints presented alongside works by the impressionist artists who were influenced by them. Could be a bit of necessary padding out, given that there isn’t enough Ice Age art around to put on a dedicated show just for that. Still with a ganders though.
Littlestone Posted by Littlestone
26th November 2012ce
A similar thing thing happened at the brilliant "Unearthed " exhibition of Japanese , Balkan and Macedonian figurines a couple of years ago in Norwich , no Matisse etc but barbie dolls and lego . tiompan Posted by tiompan
26th November 2012ce
"A similar thing thing happened at the brilliant "Unearthed " exhibition of Japanese , Balkan and Macedonian figurines a couple of years ago in Norwich , no Matisse etc but barbie dolls and lego ."

Interesting - not a one-off ploy then.
Littlestone Posted by Littlestone
26th November 2012ce
Colin Renfew wrote a book about the relationship between archaeological interpretation and the interpretation of modern and conceptual art , it's had an influence . Piggot had an fine arts background and the combination is more common today eg
www.iarchitectures.com/iarchitectures%20images/Archaeoclash_?final.pdf
tiompan Posted by tiompan
27th November 2012ce
Interesting, but getting a 404 error on that Mr t. Littlestone Posted by Littlestone
27th November 2012ce
Sorry . maybe best to google " Archaeoclash: Manifesting Art and Archaeology " Not quite my cuppa but it may help explain some of the art in archaeological based exhibitions . tiompan Posted by tiompan
27th November 2012ce
Interesting paper. The authors have a point, but their strident tone could be modified by a bit of grace in acknowledging the part reproduction/printing technology has played in limiting the means of presentation of archaeological "facts" and theories. Ya' works with what ya' got.

Loie says we should pop over to London to see the show. Yikes!
Posted by BuckyE
6th December 2012ce
Are you serious!!! Littlestone Posted by Littlestone
6th December 2012ce
A little preview of some of the amazing objects here
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/gallery/2012/dec/08/ice-age-art-british-museum
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
9th December 2012ce
Well, that's definitely one to see. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
9th December 2012ce
Dear Ls,

Serious that Loie's talking about it, yes. We're waiting to see what's going to be on exhibit. Then she'll decide how serious we are about actually going!
Posted by BuckyE
10th December 2012ce
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