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Neanderthal Museum
Talstraße 300
40822 Mettmann
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Museum and Discovery site are open from Tue to Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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March 28th until June 21st, 2015

For over 20 years, Yann Arthus-Bertrand has been photographing animals. For his tribute to horses, he chose an unusual perspective: For a start, he portrays the animals as personalities and distinct characters. He also shows them together with the humans that shape their lives: their owners, trainers, grooms, and riders. Horses and humans share a mutual relationship. For millennia, men have produced horse breeds according to the needs of humans: the enduring horses of the steppe peoples, the muscular work animals of the temperate climate zones, the noble thoroughbreds. The development of horse breeds is also a piece of cultural history.

In the Neanderthal Museum, exhibits from natural and cultural history complement the exhibition: 47-million-year-old ancient horses discovered in the Messel Pit, 300,000-year-old spears of Homo heidelbergensis found in Schöningen in Lower Saxony, mysterious cave paintings from Southern France and over 3,000-year-old bones that are early evidence for the domestication of horses.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand – internationally celebrated photographer and film maker

Yann Arthus-Bertrand, born in 1946, has always been passionate about nature and animals. As an environmental journalist, he worked for internationally renowned magazines such as Geo, National Geographic, Life, Stern, and others.

He became an aerial photographer, using both photography and film to create an inventory of the world with the UNESCO-funded project „Earth from Above“. This turned into one of the most successful photography books of all time while the movie of the same title made Arthus-Bertrand world famous.