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Temporary Exhibitions

Current exhibitions

A Planetary Journey. World Heritage Rock Art.

The exhibition A Planetary Journey offers a visual tour around the cave art registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list. It is a journey around five continents which spotlights the 43 sites recognised as World Heritage to date. Scattered about a wide variety of landscapes, these examples of cave art show a broad repertoire of subjects and techniques. The figurative and abstract representations, executed over the course of thousands of years, show a universal desire to the use of graphic expression as a way to transmit ideas and beliefs. This is joined by a final reflection on the fragility of this exceptional heritage and the need to conserve it so it can be enjoyed and transmitted to future generations under optimal conditions.

Cave art is the oldest art form conserved; it started being created 40,000 years ago along with the expansion of our species, Homo sapiens. Forty years have gone by since UNESCO created the World Heritage list, and almost 1,000 assets – monuments, cities and natural sites – have been registered on it because of their exceptional value, state of conservation and authenticity.

Un viaje planetarioPulse para ampliar
Un viaje planetarioPulse para ampliar
Un viaje planetarioPulse para ampliar

Past exhibitions

Arte y naturaleza en la Prehistoria. La colección de calcos del MNCN 5/04/17 - 15/10/17

¿Acaso me nombras? Teresa Correa 8/03/17 - 11/06/17

ora (bajo el cielo de la boca). Juan Zamora 25/10/16 - 12/02/17

El largo viaje… De Altamira a la Cueva Pintada 15/07/16 - 16/10/1

Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira
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