Great. What I saw in Madrid was not a large collection of exhibits, but what there was really worth the trip. I have read that the exhibition is travelling and started in Santander, so I think it's safe to assume it's the same one. I'd be interested in hearing your opinion of it.
Saw the exhibition today. Wonderful. The brass, bronze and terracotta heads were exquisite; skilfully executed especially bearing in mind the awkward nature of the materials used and the complexity of the processes involved. The vertical striations on the faces were a striking and recurring theme, and the beautifully-proportioned features really made them come alive - they truly were windows onto a long-lost culture. Lots of very informative background information and well-lit exhibits made for an unforgettable experience. Only £8 to see the show and well worth it. Go along - you won't be disappointed.
Saw lots of other fab stuff in the museum - an exhibition of Native American warrior culture was particularly compelling. Haven't been in the BM for yonks -the airy and light-filled main space is glorious.
Thanks again Eleanor for bringing this to my attention.
Really glad you liked it. It was featured in the Spanish papers last week too. I remember being struck by just how lifelike some of the sculptures were - as you say, they are really made to come alive.