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Lascaux cave, at 17,000 years old, is going on a trip! One that will take it to America, Asia and even Australia. This travelling exhibition is in France’s Bordeaux  until January 6th and after that, it’s off to see the world.

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Let us explain. After attempts to properly preserve these fantastic cave paintings, the prehistoric heritage was in danger of disappearing, so the cave was officially closed to the public while experts worked to protect the artwork. A second cave nearby with recreated paintings, Lascaux II, was opened to the public but the saga doesn’t stop there.

Lascaux 3, as the new “Lascaux: International Exhibition” is being called has been open for almost two weeks in Bordeaux. The goal? To recreate the atmosphere and emotion of the original cave by presenting the iconic wall paintings in an easy-to-access setting with optimal lighting and effects.

Artists have reproduced five of the most famous works from Lascaux cave and worked from images projected onto panels of elastomer covered in fibreglass which creates a very real looking cave wall. Nothing like this has ever been done before.

But that’s not all. The exhibition also offers visitors a multi-media experience with videos, photos, games and scientific explanations behind the mystery of Lascaux.

Practical Information

  • Location: Cap Sciences, Hangar 20, Tram B stop “Bassins à flots”
  • Open: Tues-Thurs 14:00-19:00, Fri 14:00-22:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-19:00
  • Admission: €8, €4.50 concession
  • More info: lascaux-expo.fr

After Bordeaux, “the Sistine Chapel of parietal art”, the “Versailles of prehistory”, will hit the road on a world tour including stops in Chicago, Montreal, Shanghai, San Francisco, Singapore and Sydney.

It should be noted that visitors can still visit Lascaux II in the Vézère Valley.

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