Préhistoire, une invention moderne, the exhibition at Paris Centre Pompidou

From May 8 to September 16, 2019, Paris Centre Pompidou dedicates an exhibition to the fertile relationship between prehistory and modern art, a display called “Préhistoire, une invention moderne” [Prehistory, a modern invention].

When Prehistory and modern art meet… A crazy mix that Centre Pompidou highlights with an exhibition, Préhistoire, une invention moderne, running from May 8 to September 16, 2019. This retrospective offers to revisit the “fertile relationship uniting prehistory and contemporary and modern art” through works by artists such as Picasso, Miró, Giacometti, Penone, Ernst, Klein, Klee, Cezanne, Dubuffet and many others.

Built in the 18th century, the notion of Prehistory is “resolutely modern”, both a “historic, anthropologic and artistic concept”. A notion that gets even stronger in the early 20th century with “the specific recognition of cave painting”, an art later becoming a fascinating object as much as a model for various art experiments.

The exhibition shines a light on “how artists and society are attracted” to “prehistoric art” and its “fantasied origins”. Completing a chronological tour, we can discover the evolution of this art from the 20th century to nowadays. Beyond the tour, a unique staging creating a dialog between “modern works and iconic pieces coming from Paleolithic and Neolithic”. Shall we go back to the past, friends?

Laurent P.
Last updated on 20 November 2018

Practical information

Opening Time
From 8 May 2019 to 16 September 2019



    Place Georges-Pompidou
    75004 Paris 4

    Métro ligne 11 station "Rambuteau"

    Tarif réduit: 11 €
    Plein Tarif: 14 €

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    Ouvert tous les jours de 11h à 21h

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