Olympic Games 1896: The Photographic Album of Albert Meyer
December 7, 2016, at The Consulate General of Greece
The Benaki Museum of Greece made available to the members of the Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation a preview of its exhibition “Olympic Games 1896”. Albert Meyer, one of the best-known German art photographers, accompanied his country’s delegation to Athens to photograph the first modern Olympic Games. His purpose was to document the event and put together a commemorative album intended for the German Royal Court and the International Olympic Committee.
The photographic archive was destroyed in 1945 when bombardments flattened Dresden, turning the original photographs into rare and priceless artifacts. Marinos Yeroulanos, president of the Board of Trustees of the Benaki Museum for many years and grandson of George Streit, a member of the 1896 International Olympic Committee, donated the album to the Historical Archives of the Museum. Since then, this unique Album is safeguarded with care as imposed by rarity, being a unique token to both history and art.