Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind
Opens: 07/02/2013 Closes: 02/06/2013 The British Museum, LondonA deeply exciting chance to assess just how far (or not) we've come in over 20,000 years, this show presents sculpture and other wares made by our distant ancestors in an ‘artistic' rather than archeological light. Touching on the earliest figuration and some very ancient precursors to cinema, it's a look at one of the most extraordinary and knotty elements of human life. For more information visit: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/ice_age_art.aspx Buy: http://www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/invt/mexiceage?__utma=1.1310265579.1354614260.… Watch:
Evening Standard“Perhaps the history of art has never been a continuity...” The display of individual objects is, in terms of lighting and clarity, fine (and occasionally beautiful), but the disorientating geography of the crescent-shaped gallery above the disused library is even more bewildering than usual...
The Independent“These artworks have the clout of a sledgehammer...” This exhibition seeks to encourage us to enjoy these artefacts purely as works of art – as the earliest surviving eruptions of the creative urge, speaking to us as directly as the works of Modernist artists displayed alongside them...
The Observer“Ice Age Art is a stupendous show...” Not the least truth of this great exhibition is that art arrives in the world fully formed. Potent, subtle, imaginative, brilliantly skilled: ice age art stands equal with what follows...
The Arts Desk“Decisively indicates the centrality of art to human life...” Although we can have hardly any glimpse of the reality of these far-off lives, there is a continuum to human concerns: how humans navigated their world, and how thousands of years ago modern man began to express that in art...
Financial Times“As Cook puts it, “This is not others, this is us.”...” One of the smallest pieces, is of a figure with a human-like body and a lion-like head. More than 30,000 years old, it illustrates how the impulse to create forms that do not exist in nature is present in some of the earliest known figurative art...
Guardian“Not even Leonardo has ever surpassed these ice-age animal portraits...” This show isn't just an encounter with the first modern minds. It also reveals how peculiar and mysterious those minds were. Why make art at all? Why shape figures to look like animals and women?...
The Telegraph“A show with so many rare and beautiful objects...” What I like most about it is that it is mysterious and strange and like nothing else in our experience. Any idea that the people who made these objects are just like us is contradicted by the complete absence of representations of love or affection..
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