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Prehistoric Wave exhibition

Cave art meets the third millennium in Milan


From November 18 to December 2, at Spazio Theoria on Via Settala 41, art enthusiasts will have a treat. The opportunity is to immerse oneself in the exhibition "Prehistoric Wave" by the artist Andrea Benetti.

Benetti, a Bolognese painter, photographer, and illustrator, known for being the creator of the "Neorupestre Art Manifesto" presented at the 53rd Venice Biennale, takes the spotlight. His artistic journey focuses on cave painting, paying tribute to it with works that reinterpret and reinvent the art of the caves, recognized as a kind of "prehistoric wave" that has influenced the artistic path up to the present day.

What makes this exhibition something more is the origin of the works. They came to life thanks to pigments dating back to 40,000 years ago, found in the cave of Fumane in Verona. These pigments were discovered alongside five painted stones by prehistoric man. The University of Ferrara contributed by delivering a portion of these ancient pigments to the artist, who used them to create a cycle of artworks, thus establishing a unique connection between the contemporary and the art of origins.

"Prehistoric Wave" is the result of a collaboration between Andrea Benetti and the Departments of Arts at the University of Bologna and Biology and Evolution at the University of Ferrara. The works, exhibited for the first time in Milan, are created on canvas, using gypsum powder, marble, and sandstone, and pigmented with materials dating back to the Paleolithic era, such as sediment washings, soil, ochre, and charcoal.

The exhibition highlights the similarity between the contemporary mode of communication, based on iconography and the simplification of symbols, and the symbolism inherent in cave painting.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Monday to Saturday, from 3pm to 7pm, with free admission.



Works by Andrea Benetti