Project Troia
Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte und Archäologie des Mittelalters, Universität Tübingen, DEU
Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati, USA
Troia - Exhibition 2001 - 2002
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"TROIA - Dream and Reality" was the title of an exhibition for a new comprehensive presentation of a fascinating topic. Dream and reality represent two elemets of a multi-facetted image of Troia. The dream of Troia is seen in Homer's Iliad, the Trojan war, and the treatment of these topics by authors and artists in antiquity, through the Middle Ages up to present day. These myths are contrasted by the reality of the prehistoric mound at the Dardanelles as it has been unearthed by excavations from the time of Heinrich Schliemann up to the present day.

On the special page: Pictures of an Exhibition you can get a visual impression of the opening procedure in Stuttgart and of the exhibition.

The exhibition is complemented by a 500 page companion book with more than 500 illustrations. 



DATES:

-Archäologisches Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg 
     Stuttgart  March 17 - June 17, 2001
         Location: Forum der Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Am Hauptbahnhof 2

-Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum und Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum
     Braunschweig  July 14 - October 14, 2001

-Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
     Bonn  November 16, 2001 - February 17, 2002, prolongation until April 1.


SUMMARY AFTER THE END OF THE EXHIBITION:
There is widespread consensus that the exhibition has by far exceeded all expectations. Nearly 850 000 visitors at the three locations made it rank among the top cultural events of the years 2001/2.
Mostly it was echoed positively by the experts, even considering the critical view of some scientists on the presentation of some aspects of Late Bronze Age Troia, which caused a major media hype.
The University of Tübingen took initiative to organize a public debate of the issues in a symposium : "The Importance of Troia in the Late Bronze Age" on February 15 / 16, 2002 at the University in an effort to finish the media hype with a return into the appropriate academic arena. ( Prof. Korfmann had agreed to this debate after Prof. Kolb had revoked the strong language that constituted an insult to Korfmann´s scientific reputation.) For the program and a summary review please refer to the German page "symposium" (Sorry, there is no English version available, because the controversy is mainly confined to the German media). Since that conference return to factual research has been achieved as was anticipated.

The large volume companion book likewise was a hit seeing several reprints and it is expected to become a major reference for future treatments of the topic.



SUPPLEMENTARY PROGRAM:
A broad supplementary program with lectures, theater and music performances took place in all exhibition sites.



EXHIBITION PARTNERS
in collaboration with the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums of the Republic of Turkey: Project Direction: Archäologisches Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg (Dr.Barbara Theune-Grosskopf).
Scientific Director: Prof.Dr. Manfred Korfmann, Universität Tübingen



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Tübingen editor: Hans G. Jansen (email: hans.jansen@uni-tuebingen.de)
Cincinnati editor: John Wallrodt (email: john.wallrodt@classics.uc.edu)

Date Last Modified: 08/Oct/02
By: HGJ