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Date
28 Mar 2011
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The new exhibition at The Olympic Museum on the theme of hope


On 22 March, The Olympic Museum saw the opening of the new temporary exhibition HOPE. Subtitled When sport can change the world, this exhibition looks at the humanist philosophy which has inspired the Olympic Movement and still guides its activity today. Through athlete stories, interactive modules and archive films, it recounts how sport and Olympism succeed, most of the time, in drawing out the best of us.

The exhibition is built around five themes. The hope for social evolution in the section Proclaiming equality looks at the struggles faced by different ethnic groups, represented by Mohammad Ali (USA),  Nawal El Moutawakel (Morocco) and Cathy Freeman (Australia).

The Mutual acceptance section show how the Games and sport sometimes succeed, even for just a few weeks, where politics has failed to find a solution. The unshakeable friendship between Luz Long (Germany) and Jesse Owens (USA) is the strongest example of this.

The spirit of universality is a living reality of Olympism. It is reflected in the parade of the athletes behind their national flags in the Giving everyone a face section, where we find the newly independent Estonia or Timor Leste.

But sport is far from a cure for all ills. Some painful episodes, like the hostage-taking in Munich in 1972, the boycotts and the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, are addressed in the section entitled Carrying on despite the dark days. Lastly, the Giving hope section shines a new light on the often little known work of the Olympic Movement in partnership with other international organisations.

Around 40 stories are placed in their historical and sociological context by means of archive documents (films, photos, newspaper headlines and sports equipment).

Interactivity is a key feature of this fascinating and dynamic exhibition. Visitors are called upon to contribute to hope by undertaking to perform a particular deed, be it big or small, to help make the world a better place. Their written undertakings will take the form of leaves decorating the exhibition’s tree of hope.

The exhibition will run from 22 March to 6 November 2011.

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