Review Round Up: Troy: Myth and Reality, British Museum

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for the British Museum’s major exhibition examining the legacy surrounding Troy.

Achilles kills the Amazon queen Penthesilea, Athenian amphora, c.530BC, ceramic (c)The Trustees of the British Museum. ***** “There is so much to enjoy in this show, it doesn’t matter that there is the odd dud along the way – I didn’t much like the Anthony Caro sculpture with sound effects as you enter the exhibition, or the Shield of Achilles (2019) by Spencer Finch as you leave – but pretty much everything in between them is terrific.”

The Observer: **** “What is so remarkable about this British Museum show, which sometimes feels as sprawling as Troy itself, is the many variations of this story it encompasses.”

Time Out: ***** “Troy vey, this show is seriously big. I mean huge, grand, ambitious, sweeping, in-depth, enormous. But take a deep breath and set an afternoon aside because it’s more than worth your time.”

The Telegraph: ***** “There is a lot of scholarship bulking out this compelling exhibition, if you wish to seek it out – but, ultimately, that wasn’t the reason I lingered for the best part of three hours. No, it’s been a while since I properly engaged with the story of Troy – and it was, simply, a pleasure to be immersed again in such a cracking, and influential, yarn.”

Culture Whisper: **** “This epic exhibition is one of Homeric scale, with a vast ocean of scholarship which makes for thrilling navigation.”

Londonist: **** “The Trojan War may never have happened but in this show we have so many stories, chunks of history and inspiration that this is the British Museum’s own epic of Homeric proportions.”

The Times: **** ” Troy: Myth and Reality leads yo into its epic realm: a world of mighty heroes and matchless beauties; loyal friends and squabbling gods; adventurers and monsters and lovers and schemers and the tricksters who constructed that wooden horse.”

London Visitors: “This fascinating exhibition provide plenty of evidence of the enduring appeal of Trojan cycle of myths over the last 3,000 years, the myths provide universal messages of war, love and loss that each generation is able to relate too. The exhibition attempts to provide some understanding of the myth and reality of Troy and how archaeology has provided some evidence of the historical truth behind the ancient myth.”

Troy: Myth and Reality will be on display at the British Museum from until the 8th March 2020.

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