Press release Munich 1972
12/06/2016 - 08/01/2017
The 1972 Olympic Games offered the host country, West Germany, an unrivalled opportunity to portray itself to the world as a modern, democratic and culturally aware nation. Various design disciplines played a central role in the preparations for the games. Architecture, design and landscape architecture were integrated in a total design intended to exude openness and inclusivity. This carefully constructed image was marred two weeks into the games when eight members of the Black September Organisation infiltrated the Olympic Village and took the Israeli team hostage. The exhibition Munich 1972. The Design of a Democratic Body, which runs from 12/06/2016 - 08/01/2017, tells this controversial story through the lens of design, by contrasting the narratives and aesthetic strategies of the organisers with the tactics deployed for their disruption. The exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut also examines the role of the media in spreading these stories.
Police officer in conversation with one of the hostage takers. Olympic Games Munich,1972. Photo Bettmann / Getty Images
Uschi Badenberg poses with a soft toy collection of the Olympic Games 1972 mascot Waldi, 1971. Photo Hollandse Hoogte / dpa Olympia
“Media – Lines” Coordination and Information system of the Olympic Village, in continuation of the winning competition project, Munich, 1971-1972. Photo Atelier Hollein/Jerzy Survillo MFG Erich Pedevill