Touring exhibition: A Century of Olympic Posters


Exhibition available for hire

Over the past 100 years, the modern Olympic Games have come to represent the pinnacle of athletic achievement and now occupy a place on a global stage as 'the greatest sporting show on Earth'.

Curated to coincide with the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 and the build-up to London 2012, exhibits are drawn from the V&A's rich collections of posters and ephemera, including stunning recent acquisitions.

These posters offer a fascinating record of our world - four-yearly snapshots through which we can explore links between sport and art, politics and place, commerce and culture.

They illustrate the connection between art and physical culture embraced by the idealistic founder of the modern Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who revived the Olympic Games in 1896 with the aim of fostering national and international understanding through sport, and inspiring excellence - physical, moral and aesthetic - in society at large.

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