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June 2006

Exhibition Games in Munich museums

Need more football fuel? If you’re not satisfied with merely watching the games, or if you’d like to culturally enhance your World Cup experience, Munich has a whole bevy of soccer-related exhibitions on show this month.

For starters, check out the Pinakothek der Moderne (Barer Strasse 29, Tel. 23 80 51 95), which will host an exhibition devoted to architecture and sport. A collection of models, photographs, graphics and films will take the visitor on a journey through sporting history, focusing on everything from ancient stadiums to modern arenas in architectural terms. Architektur + Sport runs from June 1 to September 3 and is open daily, except Tuesdays, from 10 am until 5 pm, and until 8 pm on Wednesdays.

At the Stadtmuseum (St.-Jakobs-Platz 1, Tel. 23 32 23 70), meanwhile, you’ll find a fascinating exhibition of memorabilia that illustrates how football has united cultures across the world and at how different countries have different interpretations of the game and its place in society. Promoting itself as something for “everyone who loves football and everyone who hates football,” Ein Spiel Viele Welten runs from May 19 until September 3 and is open Tues.-Sun., 10 am-6 pm. (For those curious about the huge construction site next door to the Stadtmuseum: This will be home to the new Jewish Center, which will include a Jewish museum. It is hoped the center will be completed next spring.)

A similar theme is explored at a photography exhibition being held at Gasteig (Rosenheimerstrasse 5, Tel. 48 09 80). Weltsprache Fussball, run in cooperation with the Goethe Institut, features 50 pictures featuring soccer in different, international contexts, by the renowned MAGNUM agency of Paris.The exhibition runs from May 30 to June 19. <<<

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