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Date
20 Sep 2007
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IOC News , museum-news-articles

This week at the Museum... 17-23.09.2007


Sailing the World exhibition
From 20 September 2007 to 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 civilizations. Each era and each culture sailed, transported, fished, traded, pirated and raced using sailboats. 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 dedicated 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.
Events
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 www.olympic.org/pedagogie
Guided tours
Subject to reservation, CHF 50 per class
 
Sailing the Challenge exhibition
Until 14 October 2007
Ivan Good, official painter of the Belgian Navy, loves boats so much that he paints them everywhere, in any situation you could conceive or imagine. His ships are seen in fields, in gardens, in the streets of towns or on the roofs of houses. Tankers snake through the desert and trawlers harvest fields of corn. In this year of the America’s Cup, which is also the centenary of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the artist has completed a series of maritime scenes dedicated to the event not to be missed by fans of sailing and magnificent boats. More than 30 works of art depict the various “challenges”, historical ones like the Shamrock, more recent ones like Stars & Stripes or America 3, or even the 2007 title defender and challengers: Alinghi, BMW Oracle Racing, Luna Rossa Challenge, Emirates Team New Zealand, China Team and all the others… Ivan Good uses the America’s Cup like Monet once used the field of poppies, as a pretext for beauty, feelings, emotions. He revisits, reveals, refocuses, surprises us and transports us. He shows us the legend that these giants of the seas may well become tomorrow.
 
A new cultural vision of sport exhibition
Restaurant Gallery until 28 October 2007
This exhibition is the fruit of a study linking academic research and photo journalism. It is being organised in collaboration with the administrative services of the Olympic Studies Centre, including Chris Kennett; the Generalitat and Diputació Catalan and Provincial governments; and the Barcelona City Hall. The photographs are the work of reputed photographer Kim Manresa. The acceleration of the migration movement is changing the aspect of communities worldwide, increasing cultural diversity and multicultural exchanges. The objective of this project is to provide a new cultural vision of sport, and to study and represent varied and little-known sporting practices of groups of immigrants who have become an integral part of Catalan society. The exhibition highlights the social aspects of popular sport, the manner in which it is practised by immigrant communities and the phenomenon of social cementing that it brings about.
 
The week’s events at the Olympic Museum
 
Saturday 22 September: 7th Museums’ Night
22 museums bubbling with excitement from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. This year, Museums’ Night at the Olympic Museum will have a nautical theme. Guided tours of the Sailing the World exhibition will be accompanied by boating stories told by comedian Patrick Brunet, with a treasure hunt for guessing games enthusiasts. In the entrance hall, visitors can try their hand at hoisting sails and maneuvering a yacht on the start line using the Alinghi simulators. The Night promises a memorable trip into the world of sailing.


Opening hours: every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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