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From Thursday, 07.07.2016  to Sunday, 15.01.2017

Landesmuseum
Special exhibition
Myth Olympic Games – From ancient to modern times
Exhibition from 7th July 2016 until 15th January 2017

Sport was and is a fundamental part of life. Many different types of sports and architectural structures flourished in antiquity and – then as now – provided a source of excitement. For more than a thousand years, sports animated ancient life.

But what do we know about sports in antiquity? When and where did the games begin? What types of sports were there? How were the victors honoured? Where did the competitions take place?

This exhibition is intended to answer these and many other questions. In antiquity special types of architectural structures were developed for the competitions – the stadium, the hippodrome, the gymnasium in Greece and the amphitheatre in Rome. Thanks to Pierre de Coubertin, many ancient sports and architectural structures have been revived and have thrilled people ever since. The first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896 in Athens, with the stadium linking antiquity and modern times, as the stadium in its essence had been the venue for the Panathenaic Games since the 6th century BC. Since then, more sports and games have been added. This exhibition compares antiquity to the modern era. What happened
in antiquity? What is happening in the modern age? What is the same? What is different? Thus the exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the history of the Olympic Games and shows that sports and the struggle for victory and distinction were and are a fundamental part of the existence and happiness of humanity.

   
Marble statue oft he discus thrower of Myron. From Hadrianic times (117-138 A.D.). From the Villa oft he emperor Hadrian in Tivoli.Vatican, Vatican Museums, Sala della Biga, inv. no. 2346.
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 Marble statue of a chariot driver. His upper body is covered by leather cords which should protect his body when falling. the leather cords carry a dagger which could be used by the chariot driver to cut the rains when falling. 2nd cent. A.D. Vatican, Vatican Museums, Sala della Biga, inv. no. 2344. © Vatican Museums
   
   
Attic amphora of the Panathenaic Games. By the Berlin Painter. On one side five runners.  On the other side the goddess of war and of wisdom Athena between two columns with cocks. About 480-460 B.C. From Vulci. Vatican, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco Vaticano, inv. no. 16959
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 Marble statue of a boxer by the sculptor Koblanos from Aphrodisias. His right hand ist surrounded by the leather cords which strengenth his beats. On the left side a herm which was often fixed in the palaistra (the training ground). 2nd half oft he 1st cent. A.D. From Sorrent. Naples, Archaeological National Museum, inv. no. 119917.
© Archaeological National Museum, Naples
   
Attic amphora of the Panathenaic Games. By the Aigisthos Painter. On one side two boys as boxers surrounded by two men, one of them a judge with rod and the other one a trainer. On the other side the goddess of war and of wisdom Athena between two columns with cocks. Her shield divice is a snake. About 475-460 B.C. From Ruvo. Naples, Archaeological National Museum, inv. no. Stg. 693 (H 2764).
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 Attic amphora of the Panathenaic Games. On one side four warrior runners with shield and helmet. On the other side the goddess of war and of wisdom Athena between two columns with cocks. About 495-480 B.C. From Ruvo (or Nola?). Naples, Archaeological National Museum, inv. no. 81293 (H 2764).
© Archaeological National Museum, Naples
   
   
Attic amphora of the Panathenaic Games. On one side four warrior runners with shield and helmet. On the other side the goddess of war and of wisdom Athena between two columns with cocks. About 495-480 B.C. From Ruvo (or Nola?). Naples, Archaeological National Museum, inv. no. 81293 (H 2764).
© Archaeological National Museum, Naples
 Dress, worn by Liliane Crosa (Switzerland) - Dress, worn by Liliane Crosa (Switzerland) in Squaw Valley in 1960 during the ice-dancing events.
The Olympic Museum Collections – Lausanne – Inv. Nr. 88018.
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Bronze sculpture “The Athlete or The American Athlete” by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). Modeled 1901-1904. Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier (1874-1952) in Paris in 1904. The sculpture shows the American sportsman Samuel Stockton White III (1876-1952).

The Olympic Museum Collections – Lausanne – Inv. Nr. 8312.

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 Winner's silver medal used at the first edition of the Olympic Games devised by Baron Pierre de Coubertin  and held in Athens in 1896. It shows the chief god of the Greeks to whom the main sanctuary in Olympia and the Olympian Games were dedicated. Zeus hold in his hand a statue of the Greek god of victory Nike on a globe who is carrying a palm branch as symbol of victory.
The Olympic Museum Collections – Lausanne – inv. no. 4201.
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Olympic trophy for the equestrian challenge for dressage in Stockholm in 1912.
The Olympic Museum Collections – Lausanne – inv. no. 4870.
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 Pair of box gloves that belonged to Pierre de Coubertin (1863-1937), founder of the Olympic Games. Ende of the 19th century.
The Olympic Museum Collections – Lausanne – inv. no. 4020.
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Fencing mask that belonged to Pierre de Coubertin (1863-1937), founder of the Olympic Games.
The Olympic Museum Collections – Lausanne – inv. no. 4023-001.
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