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The Olympics and Politics – Berlin / Barcelona, 1936

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 10:00 am – Sunday, August 28, 2016, 6:00 pm

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Berlin Summer Olympics and the Olimpíada Popular, the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives presents the exhibition, Olympics and Politics – Berlin / Barcelona 1936.  The Berlin Games are viewed through the lense of their counterpart, the Workers’ Olympics, and depicts the war that the Nazi ideology so pompously and magnificently promoted through the Olympic Games.

Exhibition design by László Rajk

Curated by Gwen Jones, Katalin Székely, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

Vernissage:  June 23, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Opening Remarks by 

István Rév, Director, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

Michael Müller-Verweyen, Director, Goethe Institute Budapest

Inaki Abad Leguina, Director, Cervantes Institute Budapest

Music and film screening

Richard Strauss:Olympische Hymne (recorded by Leon Botstein & American Philharmonic Orchestra) with a short sequence from a Hungarian home documentary (OSA, Forgács- Archives), “Richard Deutsch: My German Journey, 1936”

Live choir performance and film screening

Hanns Eisler: The Anthem of the Olimpíada Popular (Barcelona) by the OSINGERS Small Choir, conductor Nikolett Hajzer and a 1936 Newsreel about the start of the Civil War in Barcelona

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The exhibition was supported by the Goethe Institute Budapest and The Cervantes Institute Budapest.

June 23– August 28, 2016

The exhibition is open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day except Monday from June 23 until August 28.