The Olympic Games of 1972 have left a permanent mark on Munich, up to the present day. On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek dedicates a great annual exhibition to this event. Almost 140 photographs from the time between 1965 and 1972 show the Munich Games from various perspectives. The images are from numerous photo archives curated by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, among them photos from Max Prugger, Karsten de Riese and from the stern Photo Archive. They were acquired a short while ago and are shown publicly for the first time. Further, the exhibition features photographs by Georg Fruhstorfer, Felicitas Timpe and Joachim Kankel. All images are presented in the form of high-resolution reproductions.
The bandwidth of motifs shown reaches from the construction works on the Olympic site to photos of famous artists who visited the Olympic Games as participants in the cultural programme.
The exhibition is subdivided into five modules:
1. City development
Since Munich had been selected as the venue of the XXth Olympic Games in April 1966, the city had been preparing for this large-scale event. In the course of the ensuing six years, the underground and the suburban railway network were built, new housing estates were constructed and roads, such as the Mittlerer Ring, were planned. When the Games were opened in August 1972, Munich had developed into one of the most modern big cities in Germany. Various photographers whose archives are preserved by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek accompanied these far-reaching changes with their cameras.
2. From the Oberwiesenfeld fallow ground to the Olympic site
The transformation of the Oberwiesenfeld area into the Olympic site can be reconstructed precisely on the basis of spectacular aerial images. Go on a journey back in time, to the years when a new city quarter was created in the north of Munich. The innovative roof construction connecting the stadiums with each other is still regarded today as one of the most ambitious construction projects in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Photo archive of Max Prugger | Photo archive of Karsten de Riese | Photo archive of Joachim Kankel
3. Design, culture and media
Munich was in a state of exception from 26 August to 11 September 1972. Over four million guests from all over the world visited the city. This part of the exhibition addresses the diverse cultural programme complementing the sports competitions of the Games and the design concept of the Games. A large architectural model of the Olympic site rounds off the module and makes the eventful days of the Olympic summer come alive.
Photo archive of Felicitas Timpe | Photo archive of Georg Fruhstorfer
4. Olympia terrorist attack
The terrorist attack on 5 September 1972, in which eleven Israelis were assassinated, shocked the world public. Photographers working for the journal stern recorded this event in numerous images. The module shows a selection of the most important photographs.
5. The aftermath
What remains of the Olympics of 1972? The most important remainder is the Olympiapark, with the park still not having lost any of its attraction today. It is visited by thousands of tourists every year and is the venue of large-scale sport and cultural events.
Accompanying the exhibition in the library, we also present a virtual exhibition of a number of select pieces.
To the virtual exhibition (in German)
Phone: +49 89 28638-2115 or -2980
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Ludwigstrasse 16, 80539 Munich
Grand staircase and Fürstensaal, 1st floor
|Opening hours||11 May – 4 September 2022 (extended until 6 September 2022)|
Sunday to Friday 10:00 – 18:00
Closed on Saturdays and bank holidays
|Admission||Admission is free.|
|Public transport||Underground lines U3/U6, bus lines 58/68/153/154, station/bus stop Universität|
Bus line 100/153, bus stop Von-der-Tann-Strasse
|Catalogue||On the occasion of the exhibition a richly illustrated catalogue at a price of € 24.90 (in the exhibition) will be published by the Volk Verlag.|
With the kind support of the association Förderer und Freunde der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek e. V.
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|Guided tours||Every Thursday, starting at 16:30, free of charge.|
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|Audio guide||Free of charge, in German and English language|