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20 Nov 2007
IOC News , museum-news-articles

This week at the Museum... 12-18.11.2007

Sailing the World exhibition
Until 6 January 2008
Originating approximately six thousand years ago, sailing has evolved with ever-changing techniques and materials to continually adapt to the whims of the winds. Sailing played an important part in the exploration of the world and the meetings between its peoples and civilisations. Each era and each culture sailed, transported, fished, traded, pirated and raced using sailing boats. The Olympic Museum revisits this timelessness through a historical journey highlighting the impact of sailing on human activities. The second part of the exhibit is devoted to sailing as a leisure activity and competitive sport by exploring the technological change that boating has seen since the 17th century. This exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and the 32nd America’s Cup. It was put together with support from the “La Caixa” Foundation.
Every day, The Olympic Park, a natural wind strength observatory. Linked to the exhibition, a journey through the park invites visitors to observe trees, leaves, flags and the lake to calculate the current wind strength.
Educational programme for young visitors and teachers
Schools-Museum teaching kit available in French, English and German on
Guided tours
Subject to reservation, CHF 50 per class
Santiago Calatrava: Architecture and Olympism exhibition
Until 6 January 2008
Santiago Calatrava, architect, ETH engineer, sculptor, painter and ceramicist, was born in Valencia. His work includes Zurich Stadelhofen station in 1983, the Bach de Roda bridge in Barcelona in 1984, the Alamillo viaduct for the Seville Universal Exhibition in 1992, the Campo Valantin footbridge in Bilbao in 1997, the Alameda bridge and metro station in Valencia in 1995, the Lyon Satolas airport TGV station and the Olympic sports complex in Athens, in 2004. His sculptures have been shown at the MOMA in New York in 1993 and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2005, with other exhibitions in Dallas, Vienna and Florence in the meantime.
Hors Cadre photographic exhibition
Until 6 January 2008
Selection of exceptional images of fabulous scenes by top mountain photographers. The best of Dominique Perret’s White Planet photos, some of them previously unseen. Fantastic skiing obviously needs an XXL format! In the restaurant gallery.
The Museum’s events at the Olympic Museum
Monday 19 November: Agora: Surpassing yourself
Hosted by Jean-Philippe Rapp and Jean-François Develey. How do you overcome something which affects your physical integrity? How do you emerge as a stronger and better person than before? With Frank Bruno, who had one leg amputated and is a professional deep-sea diver, lifesaver and top-level athlete; and Dominique Benassi, who also had one leg amputated, and is a several times disabled triathlon world champion. They will be accompanied by other athletes who have had a similar experience and Laurent Junier, a paediatrician and leading re-education specialist. A co-production with the TSR. At 6.30 p.m., free entrance, reservation required - call 021 621 65 11.
Opening hours: every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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