BP, The Royal Opera House and the Olympic Museum to bring a Unique Exhibition to London in Celebration of the London 2012 Olympic Games

. May 10, 2011 . 0 Comments

BP and the Royal Opera House today announced together in the presence of Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Edwards that they are collaborating with The Olympic Museum to create a free and unique exhibition telling the Olympic story through the endeavours of ancient and modern Olympians.

Called The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games , the exhibition will be created and staged at the Royal Opera House for the duration of the Olympic Games next summer from 27th July to 12th August 2012. It will include unique artefacts, graphics, film and audio from The Olympic Museum in Lausanne being shown in London for the very first time, and promises to be a highlight of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.

The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games will include a display of all the Olympic Medals since 1896 and all the Olympic Torches since 1936. There will also be a ‘Hall of Champions’ featuring the stories and inspirational achievements of great Olympians from the modern Games.

Visitors will be taken on a journey from ancient Greece, the original home of the Olympic Games, through the vision of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the man behind the revival of the Games many centuries later. The experience will continue with the stories of some of the iconic Olympic athletes and moments of the last hundred years of Olympic history.

The exhibition is being curated by The Olympic Museum in partnership with leading exhibition designers Metaphor.

“BP is a longstanding supporter of arts and culture in the UK, partnering with leading institutions for over 30 years,” said Peter Mather , BP’s Regional Vice President for Europe and Head of Country UK. “As an Official Partner of the London 2012 Games and a Premier Partner of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, it is fitting for BP to build upon our strong relationship with the Royal Opera House to bring this new exhibition to London for the Games.

“Behind the great spectacle of the Olympic Games lie powerful human stories. The purpose of this exhibition is to inspire visitors by highlighting some of the remarkable athletes and tales from the rich history of the Games. It will be a free, fun and popular destination and we are delighted to be collaborating with The Olympic Museum to put on a once in a lifetime experience for visitors from all over the world at the London 2012 Olympic Games next year.”

“Arts and culture have an important role to play alongside the magnificent sporting competition next summer. The London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad, is already shaping up to be one of the finest of any Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Royal Opera House is delighted to be playing its part. We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of new visitors to the Royal Opera House in 2012,” added Tony Hall , Chair of the Cultural Olympiad Board and Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House.

Deborah Bull , Creative Director of the Royal Opera House, commented “We are delighted to be working with The Olympic Museum and BP to create this unique Olympic experience. The Olympic and Paralympic Games are an example of the best of human spirit and physical endeavour. The Games in our city offer a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the inspirational talent of the world’s greatest athletes, reminding us – like the artists who more usually perform on our stages – of the extraordinary achievements of which human beings are capable”

“Exhibits from The Olympic Museum have been displayed in different Olympic host cities before, but this exhibition is particularly exciting; it is much more ambitious and will truly bring the Olympic spirit to London” said Francis Gabet , Director of The Olympic Museum.

“By hosting this exhibition in one of the world’s leading arts and culture institutions we hope that our collaboration for London 2012 will set a new benchmark for future Olympic host cities”

The Olympic Museum
The Olympic Museum, a world class museum based in Lausanne, provides to the Olympic movement a unique multichannel platform to spread the Olympic soul throughout the world. Its mission is to produce cultural and educational programmes where visitors – from all nations and cultures, young and old, Olympic fans or not – feel, experience and understand the complex and enthralling story of the people – individuals or groups, sportsmen and entrepreneurs, heroes and ordinary people – who come together to make Olympism contribute to a better world through sport. www.olympic.org/museum

BP and London 2012
BP is the Official Oil and Gas Partner for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. London has been the home of BP’s headquarters for over a century. So for BP, welcoming the Olympic and Paralympic Games to London is an exciting opportunity – one that BP believes can make a difference for London and the UK for many years to come. Through the partnership with London 2012, BP is fuelling the Games in ways that are intended to inspire millions of people to think about the mobility choices they make every day. With its arts, cultural and educational partners, BP is creating exciting opportunities for young people. And BP is supporting some extraordinary athletes as they prepare for the London 2012 Games. www.bp.com/london2012

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