This week at the Museum... 29.10-04.11.2007
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 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.
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
Subject to reservation, CHF 50 per class
Santiago Calatrava exhibition
From 25 October 2007 to 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.
The week’s events at the Olympic Museum
Saturday 3 November: CinéFestival: Murderball
Murderball is a 2005 documentary film about quadriplegics who play wheelchair rugby. It centres on the rivalry between the U.S. and Canadian teams leading up to the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. It was directed by Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro, and produced by Jeffrey Mandel and Shapiro. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature for the 78th Academy Awards. First Swiss preview at the Olympic Museum. At 6 and 8 p.m., in the auditorium, free entrance.
Opening hours: every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.