Visitors to London have just a month left to see an exhibition “40,000 years in the making” – the British Museum’s Ice Age Art, which concludes on June 2nd.
Promising an unparalleled insight into “the arrival of the modern mind”, Ice Age Art opened back in February to critical acclaim. Responding to the high level of demand, the museum recently announced that the exhibition would run a little way past the planned closing date of May 26th; visitors now have a week’s grace to catch one of the biggest shows of the year.
The exhibition aims to demonstrate that the creators of ice age sculptures and carvings weren’t just talented craftsmen but consummate artists as well. Accordingly, it has acquired modern masterpieces by leading 20th century artists like Mondrian, Matisse and Henry Moore, which hang alongside pieces from 100,000 years ago. Critics have largely been wowed by the effect, with the Guardian saying “not even Leonardo surpassed this”.
Organisers believe that the ancient sculptures, drawings and portraits were created by “skilful, practised artists experimenting with perspectives, scale, volumes, light and movement, as well as seeking knowledge through imagination, abstraction and illusion”.
Due to the exhibition’s continued popularity, booking tickets in advance is essential. These cost £10 for adults and a concessionary fee of £8 is also available.
Related events run at the museum until the end of May, many of which are free. A digital animation workshop should be of particular interest to families; participants from the age of seven and up are invited to join experts in bringing ancient art to life through the modern medium of animation.
The British Museum is one of the biggest museums in the world, with a collection of over eight million items, and as such it’s an important tourist destination for the capital. The museum’s central location makes it an easy trip for those staying in hotels in London.