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Olympic Summer Games in Munich 1972. Photographic exhibition

Annual exhibition 2022
Prospectively from April to September 2022
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, grand staircase and Fürstensaal

Hostesses with mascot Waldi in front of the Olympic tower. Photographic archive of Georg Fruhstorfer | © BSB/Image Archive

Hostesses with mascot Waldi in front of the Olympic tower. Photographic archive of Georg Fruhstorfer | © BSB/Image Archive

Franz Joseph Strauß at the laying of the foundation stone for the high-rise structures on the Olympic site, 14 July 1969. Photographic archive of Georg Fruhstorfer | © BSB/Image Archive

Franz Joseph Strauß at the laying of the foundation stone for the high-rise structures on the Olympic site, 14 July 1969. Photographic archive of Georg Fruhstorfer | © BSB/Image Archive

Construction works on the Olympic site. Photographic archive of Max Prugger | © BSB/Image Archive

Construction works on the Olympic site. Photographic archive of Max Prugger | © BSB/Image Archive

The exhibition

50th anniversary of the Olympic Games in Munich

The organisation of the Olympic Summer Games from 26 August to 11 September 1972 constitutes a milestone in the history of Munich. Since the award of the Games to the Bavarian capital on 26 April 1966 in Rome, the city had to be prepared for this large-scale international event. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek honours this event on the occasion of its 50th anniversary with a large photographic exhibition. The bandwidth of motifs shown reaches from the construction works on the Olympic site to photos of famous visitors.

The Oberwiesenfeld area becomes the Olympic site

The massive urban change in the north of Munich occurring along with the transformation of the Oberwiesenfeld area into the Olympic site, as well as large parts of traffic and transport planning had been the major topics of interest of the photographer of aerial views Max Prugger (1918 – 2003) since the mid-1960s. The exhibition shows a broad selection of his impressive images for the first time, the majority of which were taken from a plane.

"Olympic summer"

In addition to the actual sporting event, the Games included a very extensive cultural programme, which became known as the "Olympic summer". Besides exhibitions in the City Museum and the Haus der Kunst, there were numerous opera, theatre and ballet performances with important artists of worldwide renown. The repertory ranged from classical to contemporary music, from jazz to folklore. These events were captured by the Munich photographer Felicitas Timpe (1923 – 2006). These images will be shown here for the first time as well.

Olympia terrorist attack

The terrorist attack on 5 September 1972, in which eleven Israelis, five terrorists and a German police officer were killed, 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. They are from the analogue archive of the journal including around 15 million photographs, which could be taken over by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in 2019.

Contact

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
veranstaltungen@bsb-muenchen.de
Phone:  +49 89 28638-2115

 

Information overview

VenueBayerische Staatsbibliothek
Ludwigstrasse 16, 80539 Munich
Grand staircase and Fürstensaal, 1st floor
Opening hoursProspectively from April to September 2022
AdmissionAdmission is free.
Public transportUnderground lines U3/U6, bus lines 58/68/153/154, station/bus stop Universität
Bus line 100/153, bus stop Von-der-Tann-Strasse
CatalogueOn the occasion of the exhibition a richly illustrated catalogue will be published.
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