Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Century of Olympic Posters exhibition (Canary Wharf) - a picture is worth a thousand words

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A Century of Olympic Posters
till 2 Mar 2012
One Canada Square
Nearest Tube and DLR station: Canary Wharf
With Olympics 2012 less than 200 days away, Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum is holding A Century of Olympic Posters at Canary Wharf. This exhibition that will go on till 2 Mar 2012 is held at One Canada Square (the main building where Motor Expo was held last year).

While nations are transfix on the medal tally in the once every four year sporting event, it struck me that the Olympic posters themselves tell a more enduring story. Let's be honest, how many of us can remember how many medals (if at all) your country got in the 1992 Olympics held in Barcelona? One look at the Barcelona 1992 poster (symbol of a person leaping over the Olympic rings) brought me back to the time when I was fixed on the telly as a teenager, following the various sporting events that were held halfway across the planet.

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One would expect V&A to line the posters according to their year of publication. Instead, they are categorised according to specific themes that include contemporary art, symbols, diversity and regeneration. In this exhibition, you would witness the different stories that the hosting cities were trying to convey, their aspirations and hopes for the future. Do drop by if you're in the area. Definitely a worthy lunchtime pursuit.


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