First Art. Artist from Prehistory

The development of creative and abstract thinking is one of the great milestones of human evolution. However, the ephemeral nature of early forms of artistic expression reduces the possibilities to trace their origins in time.

When did the ability to communicate through images arise? What is the first physical evidence for symbolic behaviour? Is this ability unique to anatomically modern humans, that is, us? Or are there precedents in other members of the human species?

The exhibition “First Art. Artists from prehistory” offers a journey into the past in search of the origins of art. In turn, the exhibition also explains Levantine rock art, one of the most original artistic expressions emerging more than 7,000 years ago, both in Catalonia and in the rest of Mediterranean Iberia.