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15 Feb 2007
IOC News , museum-news-articles

New treasures at the Olympic Museum

Today sees the opening at the Olympic Museum of a temporary exhibition entitled New Treasures at the Olympic Museum. Throughout 2006, the Museum constantly added to its collections through donations, purchases, deposits and legacies. These are some of the “treasures” on display in this exhibition.
A year marked by the Winter Games and a Collectors’ Fair
2006 was a bumper year for collecting, with two major events: the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin, and the 12th Olympic Collectors’ World Fair in Lausanne, during which the Museum went into exchange mode. In all, the various Museum teams collected 1,406 objects, 7,235 images, 2,700 hours of films, 1,372 books and 3,000 archive files…
Highlights from the exhibition
The sublime white dress by Moschino, decorated with a three-dimensional winter landscape, worn by the name card bearer for the Italian team at the Winter Games in Turin, the winners’ medals, two torches and a series of ceremony and competition entrance tickets from these XX Winter Games, memorabilia from the Olympic Games in London (1908), Lake Placid (1932), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (1936), Cortina d’Ampezzo (1956), Grenoble (1968) and Moscow (1980), as well as photographs, film extracts and other unusual items.
Acquisition criteria
Any new item has to fulfil at least one of the following conditions to be acquired and added to the Olympic Museum’s collections: have a market value, have a certain financial value, be of patrimonial value, bear witness to Olympic history, be of museographical value, illustrate or be a record of something, and be of interest for exhibition purposes.
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