From Frobenius to Picasso

One of the many unanswered questions in art is the one relating to its origins. The discovery of Palaeolithic cave paintings towards the end of the 19th century radically changed views concerning the beginnings of art.

The exhibition (Art of Prehistoric Times – Rock Paintings from the Frobenius Expeditions) presents a number of these paintings.

The German anthropologist Leo Frobenius (1877-1938) and his team copied prehistoric rock art in the first half of the twentieth century.

On show are around 120 copies of original paintings, some of them several metres long, produced by Frobenius’ team of artists between 1913 and the 1950s.

The exhibition also looks at the impact that the rock paintings (that means their copies) had on modern art.