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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Olympia: Myth – Cult – Games


This magnificent exhibition is devoted to the ancient Olympia shrine and its cult and to the contests held there that are revived every four years in the modern Olympic Games.
“Olympia: Myth - Cult - Games” is an initiative of the Greek Cultural Foundation and the Greek Ministry of Culture. The German Archaeological Institute and the Martin-Gropius-Bau are partners of the project. The Antiquities Collection of the Berlin State Museums has generously supported the project with loans.
Over 500 valuable loans from Greece will be on display. Important loans from the Vatican, Paris, Rome, Dresden and Munich will supplement the grand panorama.
The world-famous myth associated with the name of the Olympia shrine in the Peloponnesus since ancient times will be presented in three sections:
- a presentation of the shrine showing the most valuable archaeological finds;
- a presentation of the ancient Games in Olympia;
- a documentation of the history of the excavations.

Organizers Berliner Festspiele. The exhibition “Olympia: Myth - Cult - Games” is an initiative of the Greek Cultural Foundation, Berlin, the official agency of the The Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sport. Partners: the German Archaeological Institute and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. Partners of the Greek Cultural Foundation, Berlin, are: the National Archaeological Museum, Athens; the Archaeological Museum, Olympia; the Numismatic Museum, Athens; and the Antiquities Collection of the Berlin State Museums. The exhibition has been facilitated by the Berlin Capital Cultural Fund and the German Savings Banks and Giro Association, and supported by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Athens, and the A.G. Leventis Foundation. The current educational program is faciliated by the Friede Springer Stiftung.
Source: http://www.berlinerfestspiele.de

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