Around 300 objects will go on display exploring our fascination with Troy from antiquity to the present day. In 1868 the fabled city, known only through ancient sources, was discovered situated in modern day Turkey by German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. The Berlin Museums are loaning some of his discoveries, which will include pottery, silver and weaponry helping to fill in the truth behind the legend. But the legend will be an important part of this show, which will also include a painting by the pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones, Filippo Albacini's stunning marble sculpture of the wounded Achilles and works by contemporary artists. Eleanor Antin's photographic series exploring the conflict from Helen of Troy's point of view, will bring the exhibition right up to present day.
The fate of Troy so vividly illustrates the human cost of war and British Museum are using this narrative as a way to give voice to marginalised communities and those displaced by modern-day conflicts. Two charities are taking part: Crises and Waterloo Uncovered.
There promises to be something for everyone at this epic exhibition.
|What||Troy: Myth and Reality, British Museum|
|Where||British Museum, Great Russell St, London, WC1B 3DG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Russell Square (underground)|
21 Nov 19 – 08 Mar 20, Saturday – Thursday 10.00–17.30, Friday 10.00–20.30
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