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Olympics through Media Press Release English

  1. 1. Press Release Qatar Museums Authority organizes the “Olympics Through Media” exhibitionDoha, June 2012- Marking the beginning of the XXX Olympiad in London,several museum departments within QMA are organizing the “Olympics ThroughMedia” exhibition at the QMA Gallery, Building 10, in Katara starting July 4 toSeptember 9, 2012. The exhibition will display important historical artifacts andvisual materials sourced from the collection of the Qatar Olympics and SportsMuseum and QMA’s media collection.The Olympics Games represent one of the few global media events. They havehistorically been used to introduce and showcase new technologies and productiontechniques. From their humble beginnings the Olympic Games and motion picturesin general have developed together in sophistication to reach a truly globalaudience nowadays. The modern Olympic Games and motion pictures bothemerged in 1896, however, it was not until the advent of television that the synergybetween the Games and the media grew into the world wide phenomena it is today.Groundbreaking cinematographic techniques were used during the 1936 Olympicsin Berlin to capture the athletes from a range of different perspectives usingmultiple movie cameras and, for the first time, limited live television broadcastswere tried. The 1948 Olympics in London were the first Games to be covered by apublic TV service.Commenting on the importance of this exhibition, Mansoor Al Khater, CEO atQatar Museums Authority stated: “The Olympics Through Media exhibition is thefirst time an exhibition has been organized by several museum departments atQatar Museums Authority. The exhibition will be sourced from historical artifactsand visual material from QMA’s media and sports collections and will showcaseimportant aspects of the development of the relationship between sports and media
  2. 2. over time. We look forward to an engaging exhibition and I invite all communitymembers to visit it.”An extensive educational program will complement the exhibition with the aim ofengaging visitors from all age groups. Educational activities will include achildren’s lounge and video games competition as well as a summer holidayprogram titled “Lights & Shadows,” in which educators have developed activitiesfor children centered on the exhibition’s theme.Guided tours will also be available giving a deeper insight into the exhibition andgallery lectures led by experts and experienced lecturers including Dr ChristianWacker, Director of the Qatar Olympics and Sports Museum, will be organizedcovering specific topics related to the early years of the Modern Olympic Gamesand the relationship between women, the media, and the Olympic Games.The exhibition will open daily before and after the month of Ramadan from 9am-12pm and 5pm -10pm, except on Friday from 7pm-12am; and during Ramadanfrom 9am to 12pm and 7pm to 12 am from Saturday to Thursday and from 7 pm to12 am on Friday. Admission to the exhibition and educational activities is free ofcharge. - Ends-For more information please contact:Omar Chaikhouni, QMA+974.4422.4608 / mchaikhouni@qma.org.qaAbout Qatar Museums AuthorityEstablished in 2005 by His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa AlThani to combine the resources of all museums in the State of Qatar, QatarMuseums Authority (QMA) is a governmental organization whose remit is todevelop museums and cultural institutions and provide an effective system forcollecting, protecting, preserving and interpreting historic sites, monuments and
  3. 3. artifacts. Under the leadership of its Chairperson H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa, QMAis transforming the State of Qatar into a cultural hub of the Middle East. TheMuseum of Islamic Art, inaugurated in 2008, is the Authority’s flagship project.The organization won further global acclaim with the December 2010 opening ofMathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. QMA’s goal of becoming a “global leaderin the world of museums, art and heritage” will be advanced in the coming yearswith ambitious, world-class projects, including the Jean Nouvel-designed NationalMuseum of Qatar. For further information, please visit www.qma.org.qa.Stay social with Qatar Museums Authority: www.facebook.com/QatarMuseumsAuthority www.twitter.com/QatarMuseumsAut
  4. 4. Images & Captions Exhibition Logo Title: Leni Riefenstahl and her operator Hans Ertl at the 1936 Olympics Artist: Lothar Rübelt (1901–1991) Date: 1936 Albert Meyer. The runners preparing to run the finals of the 100 meters, 1896. © Benaki Museum Former US Olympic champion Rafer Johnson and Chinese Olympic decathlon contestant C K Yang besides the communications satellite Syncom III in 1964. © Getty Images Copy right has to be cleared by publisher.
  5. 5. Australias Cathy Freeman winning the 400 metres final.Sydney 2000© Getty ImagesCopy right has to be cleared by publisher.