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Qatar Museums Authority presents Olympics Through Media exhibition

Qatar Museums Authority presents Olympics Through Media an exhibition on view through September 9 2012 at QMA Gallery, Building 10, in Katara.This exhibition is organised by two museum departments within QMA to celebrate the beginning of the XXX Olympiad in London. Displayed are important historical artifacts and visual materials sourced from the collection of the Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum and QMA’s media collection.

The Olympic Games represent one of the few global media events. They have historically been used to introduce and showcase new filming technologies and production techniques. From their humble beginnings the Olympic Games and motion pictures in general have developed together in sophistication to reach a truly global audience nowadays.

Both the Modern Olympic Games and motion pictures emerged in 1896, however, it was not until the advent of television that the synergy between the Games and the media grew into the worldwide phenomena it is today. Groundbreaking cinematographic techniques were used during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin to capture the athletes from a range of different perspectives using multiple movie cameras and, for the first time, limited live television broadcasts were tried. Eventually, the 1948 Olympics in London were the first Games to be covered by a public TV service. The exhibition showcases milestones of the co-evolution of Olympics and media such as the first Olympic Games that were broadcast on colored television, Mexico City 1968, and the first Olympic Games that utilised the internet, Atlanta 1996.

The exhibition will open daily before and after the month of Ramadan from 9am-12pm and 5pm -10pm, except on Friday, when it will be open from 7pm-12am.

During Ramadan gallery hours are from 9am – 12pm and 7pm – 12am from Saturday to Thursday, and from 7pm – 12am on Friday. Admission to the exhibition and educational activities is free of charge.

Qatar Museums Authority
PO Box 2777
Tel: +(974) 4452 5555

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