The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has the pleasure of announcing that, from September 2012 and for a one-year period, the Breal’s Silver Cup will be exhibited at the new Acropolis Museum, where thousands of visitors from all over the world, as well as the numerous students that visit the Museum every day, will have the opportunity to see the historic Cup up close, and learn about its history and symbolism. The exhibit will include audio visual and printed informational material on the Cup, to help enhance the visitors’ experience and understanding.
On April 18th, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation announced that it had acquired in auction Bréal’s Silver Cup, which was presented to Spyros Louis during the first Modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. The announcement was accompanied by the Foundation’s public commitment to make the Cup accessible to everyone, by placing it on permanent display at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), which is expected to be completed in 2015.
In line with its principal intent of making the Cup available to the public, the Foundation immediately embarked upon a process of evaluation and selection of suitable temporary exhibition venues across the country. In particular, the Foundation conducted a series of visits, in order to identify venues that could serve as temporary homes for the Cup. The basic criteria in selecting potential venues were the Cup’s safety while on display, and its widest possible and free accessibility to the general public.
Throughout the Cup’s display at the Acropolis Museum, the Foundation will continue its efforts to locate other suitable venues across the country, which could be considered as temporary homes for the Cup after it leaves the Acropolis Museum and before 2015.
After 2015, the Cup will be on permanent display at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, which the Foundation will donate to the Greek State, and will be open and fully accessible free of charge to all its visitors.
For more information on the Cup, please click here.