Olympic Museum reopens in Lausanne


The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland reopened on Dec. 21, just in time to mark the start of the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia (Feb. 7- 23, 2014).

Overlooking Lake Geneva in the waterfront Ouchy district, the museum was closed for nearly two years for an extensive renovation by Lausanne architects Brauen & Wälchli that nearly doubled the existing exhibition space to 32,300 square feet, spread out over three floors. The emphasis is on interactive presentations that engage the visitor, using more than 300 screens and 1,000 objects to tell the stories of Olympic champions.

Two halls are dedicated to temporary exhibitions and the surrounding Olympic Park has become an integral part of the museum, with art by Chillida, Folon, Niki de Saint-Phalle and Tàpies related to Olympic athletes and their achievements. Admission is free through Jan. 23, 2014.

And, to celebrate the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, The Olympic Museum in Lausanne is unveiling a major exhibition entitled The Russian Avant-Garde and Sport, which will take place from Jan. 24 to May 11, 2014.