Model of the Temple of Zeus in the Munich Casting Museum

West front of the Temple of Zeus: construction of the model from the step base to the insertion of the figures, here still without pediment framing and roof, photo: Museum für Abgüsse klassicher Bildwerke, München, Photographer: Dr. Andrea Schmölder-Veit
Students Annika Borchert and Felix Spindler on the 2019 field trip to Olympia, Greece. Photographer: Prof. Dr. Arnd Hennemeyer, 2019

The special exhibition "Ancient Olympia in Munich. 1972-2022" opens today, May 18th, 2022 at 6:00 p.m., at the Museum für Abgüsse Klassischer Bildwerke München (Haus der Kulturinstitute, Katharina-von-Bora-Strasse 10, 80333 Munich). Among other things, the 3D plaster model of the west front of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia on a scale of 1:20, in the production of which the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences, played a major role, will be on display. Prof. Dr. Arnd Florian Hennemeyer, who has extensively researched the building, supported the model construction together with Steffen Altmann M.A. and Florian Fentzahn, student in the master's program in architecture.

Time to remember - 50 years later
Using elaborate models and unique casts, the special exhibition traces the ancient origins of the Olympic Games. At the same time, it shows in a new context reproductions of ancient objects from the exhibition "100 Years of German Excavations in Olympia" of the Deutsches Museum in Munich, which was presented 50 years ago for the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Not only the pictograms of the designer Otl Aicher are remembered from the summer games of that time. The Munich Olympic assassination of September 5, 1972 has also not been forgotten. Fifty years on, the state capital of Munich is currently inviting visitors to exhibitions and events in the spirit of commemorative culture and togetherness under the motto "Towards the Future 1972-2022-2072". The exhibition at the Museum für Abgüsse Klassischer Bildwerke München will be open until October 16th, 2022. After that, the model will remain in the collection.

The Temple of Zeus at Olympia
The origin of the Olympic Games lies in antiquity. It was named after the sanctuary of Olympia in the northwest of the Peloponnese peninsula (Greece), where cultic sports competitions were held every four years. All participants went to the temple of Zeus at the beginning of the games of that time and there the athletes swore to abide by the rules of the games. The temple of Zeus of Olympia (about 64 m long x 28 m wide x 20 m high) was the largest temple in Peloponnese. For these reasons, too, the Temple of Zeus receives special attention.

Olympia, app guide for temple of Zeus.
In the summer of 2019, Prof. Dr. Arnd Florian Hennemeyer also supervised the student project "Olympia, App-Guide for Temple of Zeus", a cross-degree and cross-university workshop including a field trip to Greece, together with Prof. Henning Schellhorn from the Communication Design and Media program and Prof. Dr. Friederike Fless from Freie Universität Berlin and President of the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Arnd Florian Hennemeyer
Phone: 03841 753-7814



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