Unveiling Olympic History: Louvre's Exhibition | EUROtoday

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Uncover the historical past of the primary trendy Olympic Games with an distinctive exhibition being held on the Louvre Museum, in Paris.

How come there was a hiatus of greater than 1,500 years between the unique Olympics and the primary trendy iteration of the Games? What did it take to restart the custom? To mark Paris 2024, a significant exhibition by the Louvre, in partnership with the École Française d'Espagne and the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, focuses on the historical past of the primary trendy Olympic Games, held in Athens in 1896.

Looking on the iconography of the time, equivalent to stamps, posters and trophies, it examines the picture of the brand new Olympics and locations it within the political context of the late nineteenth century. The Louvre additionally invitations us to discover historic historical past, together with the findings from archaeological digs, as sculptures, gold and silver items and historic texts are displayed alongside extra trendy creations, equivalent to the primary cup created for the winner of the marathon on the 1896 Games . It is a tribute to the expert staff led by the 'father of the trendy Olympics' Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who introduced collectively historical past, artwork and archeology and succeeded in creating the worldwide occasion we all know right now.

Until September 16


From France Today Magazine

Lead picture credit score: Luc Olivier Merson's 'The Marathon Soldier' ​​(1869) © Grand-Palais / Beaux-Arts de Paris

The Major Louvre Exhibition Tracing Back the History of the Olympic Games