An Exhibition of Olympic Torches

The ancient Olympics united the Greek world and the modern Games have, for over 120 years, brought together over 200 nations as they compete under the banner of friendship. Greece, as the birthplace of the Olympics remains an important part of the tradition. Flame of Olympia showcases torches from the Summer Olympics between 1936, when the torch relay was first introduced, to the 2016 Rio Games. The exhibition explores the ancient history of the Games and their modern revival through a collection of torches, VR, and an audio experience.

This installation was made possible with the generous support of the Victorian Government. It was the beginning of what is now a flourishing cultural partnership between the Hellenic Museum and the Benaki Museum, Athens.