The art and history of lighting
- Fri 24/02/12 - Sun 19/08/12
- Musée d'art et d'histoire| Rue Charles-Galland 2
From the myth of Prometheus to Edison’s invention, this exhibition presents not onlyt the techniques and uses but also the symbolic value of the domesticated flame, often perceived as the connection between the human and the divine, the material and the spiritual. The public is invited therefore to discover the only tool of daily life whose emblematic role largely overshadows its utilitarian function. From the time of Lascaux until today, from the Mediterranean to the Americas by way of Asia and Africa, the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire presents the role of lighting in day-to-day, spiritual and professional life and, to conclude, in festivities where it holds a leading role. Finally, a foray into the realm of art through a selection of prints and paintings shows its full aesthetic value.