The exhibition ‘Rupestre. Los Primeros Santuarios’ of the Archaeological Museum of Alicante has won the German Design Award for the pioneering contribution of its architectural project to the international exhibition scene. Through this competition, the German Ministry of Economy and Technology recognises and celebrates products, projects, manufacturers and designers from all corners of the world.

The vice-president and deputy for Culture, Julia Parra, has valued this recognition “as yet another proof of the exhibition quality of the MARQ, which offers unique proposals thanks to an extraordinary multidisciplinary collaborative work in which, as in the case of Rupestre, resulted in a brilliant staging that is now internationally recognized.

The exhibition, designed by the Director of Architecture of the Diputación de Alicante, Rafael Pérez, and by the architect Ángel Rocamora, was exhibited last year at the MARQ and until its closure on 5 January 2019 received more than 85,000 visits. The jury of these prestigious awards, which focus on the outstanding achievements of the different fields of design and communication, has highlighted the original and enveloping commitment of RUPESTRE exhibition, especially the structure of the cave-shaped polygonal roof of one of the rooms.

Pérez has highlighted the difficulty of the project and has stated that, to a large extent, its success is due to the realism of the reproductions of our first Art. “In this exhibition the difficulty was that we could not bring the paintings to the museum, hence the use of the casts or drawings of the originals to faithfully reflect the power of our rock art in real size,” he detailed.

The exhibition discourse focused on the pictorial vestiges, captured on the rock more than 10,000 years ago, through a museography project that extended through the three temporary exhibition halls of the MARQ and invited visitors to a journey through time. The aim was to highlight the cave paintings and explain their origin, interpretation and context, with the peculiarity of lacking tangible objects.

From a stroll through the Altamira Cave, a universal reference point for Palaeolithic art, to the contemplation of contemporary art by Mallorcan Miquel Barceló, to the macro-schematic art of the Pla de Petracos Sanctuary, the exhibition had a great impact on the province and received more than 85,000 visits.

Texts by: Marq (Archaeological Museum of Alicante)


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