Chauvet - Pont-d'Arc : L'inappropriable

Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Châlon-sur-Saone, France

September 16, 2017 - October 16, 2017

"A cave needs to be treated with infinite restraint: like a landscape, a natural space that animates a deep sense of the immemorial in us." Raphaël Dallaporta

Chauvet - Pont-d'Arc : L'inappropriable is the result of a work by Raphael Dallaporta in the ornate cave of Pont-d'Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet.

This geological site in the heart of the Gorges de l'Ardèche, a World Heritage Site since June 22, 2014, was naturally preserved for more than 20 000 years before being rediscovered in 1994. Its access has since been strictly reserved for researchers and scientists.

As part of the Concours de photographie de la Grotte ornée du Pont-d'Arc, Raphaël Dallaporta realized photographic panoramas in the form of planispheres, according to the model conceived in 1946 by the American inventor Richard Buckminster Fuller. Projected on the surface of polyhedra, shooting unfolds without the perspective is distorted.

For the first time in France, this work is restored in the form of a projection of 9 meters and a photographic hanging on the walls of the Nicéphore Nièpce Museum. The work invites visitors to contemplate the walls of the cave in an unbalanced posture. For the artist, it is a metaphor for the movement of the world, the rotation of the earth and the planets, reference to the anthropological hypothesis according to which the caves and the cosmos are connected.

An exhibition presented in collaboration with the support of Nicéphore Cité.

Chauvet - Pont-d'Arc : L'inappropriable Raphaël Dallaporta's is also available in the form of a book published in 2016 by Xavier Barral publishing house.

More information on the Nicéphore Niépce museum website.


Nicéphore Niépce Museum
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