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Modern art created 40,000 years ago at the British Museum
Ice Age Art: Arrival of the Modern Mind is an exposition of how Ice Age art, even works produced 40,000 years ago, are as modern as contemporary pieces. The exhibition brings together European drawings, portraits and sculptures that were created between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago. The artists who created these exhibits were every bit as concerned as modern designers with scale and perspective, as well as endeavouring to communicate and use their art as a way of understanding the world in which they lived.
20,000 Year Old Bison Sculpted from Mammoth Ivory (Image Courtesy of the British Museum Website)
The exhibition will set the Ice Age masterpieces, many created from mammoth ivory and reindeer antler, against works by twentieth century geniuses, Mondrian, Matisse and Henry Moore. In fact, one of the sculptures on display is of a 23,000 year old figure from Lespugue in France, a piece that influenced many of the sculptures that Picasso produced in the 1930s.