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STADIA  Sport and Vision in Architecture

by Populous, Soane Gallery 2012

from Ancient Greece to 2012

The Exhibition, with the same title as the book, which is the exhibition catalogue, is only on until 22 September. So hurry to see this free exhibition, in newly designed showcases, in the newly restored and opened part of the Soane Museum in London.

The exhibition is free, and contains such abundant explanative material on the exhibits that you will want to purchase the Catalogue. The exhibits, from other sources apart from the Soane's own collection, and including Jaques Herzog's sketch of the Beijing birds nest on the back of a menu, will never be seen together again, and nor may there be another exhibition on stadia design in the foreseeable future.

The exhibits range from Greek vases and other contemporary items illustrating the original Olympic Games, through the Roman legacy, and stadium design from the Renaissance up to London 2012 and the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The theme is not just the architecture, but the social, political  and religious agendas driving it, and touch on the ambivalence of Christians to sport, and the myth of Christians being thrown to the lions in the Colloseum. The arguments over purpose, cost and legacy are not new.

If you have visited the Hippodrome in Istanbul or the amphitheatre at Caerleon, or merely  walked across Guidlhall Square in London this exhibition and catalogue will help bring these places alive.

Yes it is PR for Populous but the text is written by the exhibition curators, Dr Jerzy J Kierkuć-Bieliński and Dr Antony Eastmond, and quotes contemporary sources.

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