Tuesday, December 28, 2010

"Dedicated to Coppi"

The year of Coppi is coming to an end, twelve months full of events dedicated to Fausto Coppi on the fiftieth anniversary of his death. At the end of this intense journey the Museo dei Campionissimi di Novi Ligure (Museum of Champions in Novi Ligure) has already prepared a new surprise.

On January 2, 2011, the day when the death of the champion is remembered, the exhibition "Dedicato a Coppi" ("Dedicated to Coppi") will be inaugurated. The photographic exhibition is of the monuments that admirers of Coppi have dedicated to his memory.

Throughout Italy, and overseas, scattered plaques, monuments, and memorials have been dedicated to Coppi. On carved stone, marble, and bricks the memory of Coppi has been preserved. Now, as they have been for cyclists to discover and visit, they have become focus of this exhibition. This is the same subject matter that often contributor to ICJ, Jac Zwart has written about in a book. His book is currently available in the Dutch language book "Wielermonumenten - Reisgids door de geschiedenis van de wielersport" (Cycling Monuments - Travel Guide through the History of the Sport of Cycling).

The exhibition will also have the busts of Fausto Coppi and Costante Girardengo that have been located at the piazza Falcone e Borsellino (formerly the train station piazza). At the conclusion of the exhibition, planned for 30 March, the busts will be installed outside the museum.

ICJ Reader contribution contest will run 1 January to 15 February, 2011. Details here.

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