Tuesday, 14 May 2013

What we did the weekend after the bank holiday - Ice Age Art

Chris Dewire and his family visit the Ice Age Art exhibition at the British Museum.

An early train from York on Sunday morning (8am) and by 10 o'clock your surrounded by new construction at Kings Cross. From there its a short walk to the British Museum where there is currently an exhibition of art works from 40,000 to 20,000 years ago.

This is the earliest known representation of the human head.

Ice Age Art  is an exhibition that takes your breath away with sculptures and drawings from before cultural memory. There are drawing on bones and antlers, sculptures in bone, ivory and stone and highly ornate throwing sticks (cutting edge technology of the time) displayed along with drawings and sculpture by modern masters. Described as the arrival of the modern mind it certainly shows how we find beauty and symbolism in very similar things despite the vast gulf of time that separates us.
Art is timeless and is what will ultimately define a culture.

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