15 November 2022–12 February 2023
Organised by: Regional Government of Castile-León and Fundação Côa Parque as part of the PALEOARTE project, financed by the INTERREG Spain-Portugal programme of the European Regional Development Fund
Participants: Museu Nacional de Arqueologia (Lisbon), Museu de Arte Popular (Lisbon) and Museo Arqueológico Nacional (Madrid)
Curators: Thierry Aubry, José Javier Fernández Moreno, André Tomás Santos and Cristina Vega Maeso
Martes a sábado: 9:30 – 20:00Salto de línea Domingos y festivos: 9:30 – 15:00.
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Martes y jueves. Horas: 11:00 y 17:00
Duración: 1 hora. Aforo: 15 plazas
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Todos los miércoles desde el 11 de enero al 22 de febrero de 2023.
Salón de actos, 18:00. Asistencia libre y gratuita hasta completar aforo.
Limitless Art: Côa and Siega Verde presents one of the biggest archaeological discoveries of the final quarter of the 20th century: Palaeolithic open-air art. Added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2010, the Siega Verde site on the River Águeda, just outside the town of Ciudad Rodrigo in Salamanca, Spain, and the Côa Valley site in Portugal are home to the most qualitatively and quantitatively significant groups of Palaeolithic rock art found in inland Iberia. In fact, this is currently the largest known concentration of Palaeolithic open-air art. These sites straddling the Spanish-Portuguese border are rare vestiges of a facet of human creativity that has all but disappeared.
The discovery of the Siega Verde and Côa Valley sites revolutionised existing conceptions of Palaeolithic art. While the paintings of Altamira and other caves along the Franco-Cantabrian coast revealed the symbolic world of our first ancestors, the open-air art of the Douro Valley challenged the belief that such artistic expressions were the sole prerogative of “initiates” who acted as intermediaries between human groups and the symbolic spiritual world.
The discovery of open-air art blurred the boundary between darkness and light and “socialised” these art forms, which were clearly visible to every member of the group. The landscape also figures into their interpretation, as the drawn or engraved motifs may have served as landmarks.
The exhibition Limitless Art: Côa and Siega Verde offers a vision of Palaeolithic art, the people that created it, their lifestyles and the landscapes they explored, and in particular the lands of the Douro Valley, home to the most important collections of open-air art.