With UEFA EURO 2012 just around the corner, co-hosts Poland – and more specifically the host city of Wroclaw – are taking their turn to host the 'Only A Game?' exhibition, which explores the stories and faces of Europe and football. The exhibition is open until 1 July, the day of the UEFA EURO 2012 final.
The Wroclaw Contemporary Museum is hosting the exhibition, which contains over 100 objects related to football in Europe. Exhibits provided by England's National Football Museum (NFM) include the original shirts belonging to Real Madrid CF legends Miguel Muñoz, Francisco Gento and Ferenc Puskás, and a West Germany shirt worn by Franz Beckenbauer.
Visitors will also see signed shirts of Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fàbregas, Sir Bobby Charlton, Kakà, Steven Gerrard, Iker Casillas, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo , Lilian Thuram and Robert Lewandowski, the Poland striker. Other shirts displayed include those of David Beckham, Petr Čech and Zinédine Zidane, as well as local favourites Jakub Błaszczykowski, Łukasz Piszczek and other members of the Poland national football team. The exhibition will have a gallery dedicated to football in the capital of Lower Silesia.
'Only a Game?' is an official exhibition of UEFA EURO 2012 and includes a number of historical exhibits, videos and presentations, all presented in a modern, multi-media form, attractive both to adult audiences and children. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of Sunday meetings and lectures concerning social 'fair play'. Information about these events will be published on a regular basis.
"The task of our museum is a presentation of current artistic phenomena and cultural transitions: customs, fashions, communications media, political climates and moral attitudes that help define contemporary awareness," said Dorota Monkiewicz, director of the Wroclaw Contemporary Museum. "The 'Only a Game?' exhibition fits within this framework by showing that football as a social phenomenon has become an important element of contemporary culture."
"The National Football Museum was delighted to work in partnership with UEFA for the fifth time on the European tour of this ground-breaking exhibition," added national Football Museum deputy director David Pearson. "I am sure that the exhibition in Wroclaw will prove to be very popular during the city's hosting of EURO 2012. NFM is very grateful to Dorota Monkeiwicz and her team and the municipality of Wroclaw for hosting this exhibition and their support and friendly hospitality."
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