From June 8, 2012 to February 11, 2013 the Center for Urban History will present its latest exhibition: "Sport and the City: People. Society. Ideology." At a time when Lviv is hosting the football championship EURO-2012, the exposition offers an opportunity to learn more about the meaning of sports, besides competition, entertainment and spectacle. This exposition allows viewers to more deeply understand the practices connected with sports and to formulate their own answer to the question, "What was sport, and what is sport today?"
The exhibition space, thematically divided into 5 sections, opens with the theme "Sports as Social and Cultural Practice: History of Transformations." Here the history of sports as a history of modern social and cultural practices is presented. The next section, "Sports in the Multi-ethnic City, 1861-1939," focuses attention on Lviv itself. Local historical materials connected with the history of the city's three communities - Ukrainian, Polish, and Jewish - show how sports were a factor and form in the search for new identities. At the same time, this section details the formation of the urban sports infrastructure, the involvement of sports in the mobilization of society, and sports events as mass celebrations.The third section, "Sport and War," examines sports in the conditions of military conflict - during the First and Second World Wars. The following section of the exhibition, "Sport in the Soviet City, 1944-1991," explores the notion of physical culture, the social status of Soviet athletes, and also how international sports competitions were used in Cold War political struggles, all on the example of Soviet Ukrainian Lviv .
The exhibition "Sport and the City: People. Society. Ideology" unites traditional representational methods of photographs and videos with the latest multimedia technologies. Exhibition materials are presented in Ukrainian and in English.
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