Lascaux – International Exhibition in Geneva

A unique opportunity to discover the splendour of Paleolithic art in a life size replica of the Unesco listed cave of Lascaux, closed to visitors since 1963.

Discovered in 1940 and having survived in a stable environment for 17000 years, the fabulous paintings and engravings of Lascaux were suddenly exposed to destructive elements, resulting in a forced closure of the cave in 1963, after a relatively short space of time.

Given the historical importance of the site, the French created a replica of part of the cave and Lascaux II opened in 1983 after 11 years of painstaking work, welcoming over 250 000 visitors a year. Given its success, additional parts of the cave were reproduced at a cost of over 3 million Euros and now constitute a major exhibition, opened in October 2012, which is on tour through some of the leading museums in the World.

Spread over 4000m2, the exhibition covers all aspects of this iconic cave, from the chance ‘discovery’ of the art, to what the cave has revealed through decades of research and to the continued attempts to preserve the fragile imagery.

Monumental, interdisciplinary and interactive, the exhibition offers visitors a unique, informative and intense experience.

Geneva Palexpo is the fourth and last European venue after Bordeaux, Brussels and Paris, before the exhibition moves on to Asia.

October 2nd, 2015 to January 17th, 2016
Open everyday from 10am to 7pm
Palexpo, Geneva