(VELINO) Roma, 21 Jul - An exhibition on the ancient Olympic Games in Greece and...

(VELINO) Roma, 21 Jul - An exhibition on the ancient Olympic Games in Greece and Rome will be held in Rio de Janeiro to mark the games being held in Brazil this year. "I Giochi in Grecia e a Roma", curated by Annalisa Lo Monaco and Eugenio La Rocca, runs from July 26 to October 2, and was organised with the support of the Italian Consulate General and Italian Cultural Institute (IIC). It will present an overview of the history of the Olympic Games in Greece and Rome, with 60 historical and artistic objects from top Italian and Greek museums. Marble statues, mosaics, sarcophagi, urns, vases decorated with red and black figures, bronze statues, pottery, and discuses, javelins, and shot puts will document the history behind the creation of the Olympics, one of the largest events of the ancient world that still echoes today. The exhibition will consist of sections dedicated to Olympic disciplines. There will be 3D reconstructions of the Stadium of Domitian, the Colosseum, and the Circus Maximus to help visitors place where the Olympics were when they were held in Rome. The exhibition is part of the programme organised for the "Year of Italy in Latin America" and may be the ideal conclusion to the 18 month event. The programme is a project promoted by the Italian Foreign Ministry with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Italian Trade Agency (ICE), the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI), and sponsored by businesses. More than 600 events on art, music, cinema, and entertainment were held in collaboration with Latin American institutions enhancing relations between Italy and the region. vel