This week David and Marina review Lascaux IV: The International Centre of Cave Art by Snøhetta. The two share their experience visiting the museum and their critique of the building's many galleries, architectural detailing, organization, cave art facsimile, and the artwork itself. The project makes good use of technology to display and communicate the 20,000-year-old artwork but falls short in its larger organization and flow. Enjoy!
From the Architect: The new International Centre for Cave Art (Centre International d’Art Parietal) in Montignac, France welcomes visitors to an immersive educational experience of the prehistoric Lascaux cave paintings. Known by archaeologists as the ‘Sistine Chapel of Prehistory’ due to their spiritual and historical significance, the 20,000-year-old paintings are among the finest known examples of art from the Paleolithic period.
As an interpretation center featuring state-of-the-art experiential storytelling technology paired with a facsimile of the caves, Lascaux IV offers visitors an opportunity to discover the caves in a unique way that reveals a sense of wonder and mystery, as if they, too, were the first group of adventurers to stumble upon the cave paintings.