London Olympics a feast for art as well as sports lovers

London Olympics a feast for art as well as sports lovers

London : United Kingdom | Jul 20, 2012 at 3:42 AM PDT
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As the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics draw ever closer the city is starting to fill with sports lovers from around the world but those with an eye for art will also find many exhibitions combining sport and art in London's galleries and exhibition centres.

Most Olympic visitors will not have tickets to sporting events for everyday of their London stay and will hope to pack in some other activities and visiting the many Olympic themed art and culture events will suit many - especially if the rain in England continues through the summer. There are so many exhibitions to choose from.

Here is a selection of some of them:

The National Portrait Gallery: Road to 2012: Aiming High. The biggest photographic commission ever undertaken by the internationally aclaimed gallery, This works really well because of the way that the new portraits of athletes are interspersed among the historical piictures of the permanent collection.

Royal Opera House: The Olympic Journey exhibition this looks at the original Greek games and how they have been resurected as the modern Olympics. It includes a complete display of all the Olympic medals and Torches used in the modern Games.

The Design Museum: Designed to Win a look at how design can impact upon and improve sports performance.

British Library: Olympex 2012 tells stories of Olympic Games past through the medium of postage stamps and related memorabilia.

These are just highlights and any visitor to London during 2012, even outside of the actual Olympic Games window will find a wealth of Olympic themed activities and exhibitions to keep them occupied beyond all the other sights, tastes and smells that London has to offer!

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The 2012 London Olympic Torch
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