To coincide with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games that opened on August 5 last, the National Museum of Fine Arts is hosting the “Mens sana in corpore sano. Deporte en la antigüedad” exhibition this summer.

The Games that date back to Ancient Greece are the theme of the exhibition that seeks to highlight the importance of physical exercise for personal happiness and a full life.

To coincide with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games that opened on August 5 last, the National Museum of Fine Arts is hosting the “Mens sana in corpore sano. Deporte en la antigüedad” exhibition this summer.This interesting exhibition is housed in the Transitional Hall of the Museum’s Universal Arts Building and includes ceramic pieces and small and medium sized sculptures that form part of the six-decade-old “Conde de Lagunillas” collection.

Dedicated to the massive multidisciplinary sporting event in which athletes from all over the world participate, the exhibition also includes two coins on loan from the National Numismatics Museum.

These show the manner in which sports were practiced in ancient times and a range of disciplines, some of which are still practiced today.

One of the exhibition’s main attractions is a series of exchanges with legendary Cuban Olympians which bring audiences closer to the universe of these international events.

Sports were very important to the Ancient Greeks and children practiced physical exercise in order to improve their quality of life.

According to historical records, the modern Olympic Games date back to the VIII century BC and were organized by the Greeks.

The idea to resurrect the tradition came in 1896, when a delighted city of Athens hosted the first Games of a new era.

Every four years since – except for 1916, 1940 and 1944, because if the first and second world wars -- cities around the globe have hosted the sporting extravaganza.

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