Art And The Olympics

Arts have been part of the Olympic programs for decades. In Ancient Greek times, art and sports were considered smooth partners. Harmony is this achieved by exercising both the body and the mind.
The olympics aim to bring people together through the presentation of pioneering BEAUTIFUL PIECES OF ART in public spaces, and to encourage them to join in a fresh dialogue around its ideals and values.” Olympism”is an interesting project which looks beyond professional athletics to trace the Olympic values and their impact when sport is placed at the service of humankind through community-based activities all over the world. Its first series was produced in 2018. The first modern games included many of the events we watch today, like gymnastics, fencing and athletics. They also included the discus throw and the marathon, specifically, as a connection to the competitions of the ancient games. Pierre de Coubertin also wanted to hold art competitions, but this didn't happen until the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. There were competitions in sculpture, painting, music and more. The subjects of these works were typically related to sports, of course, and countries could take home medals.
After the 1948 games, the Olympic art competitions were modified into a parallel art festival and exhibition held at the site of each Summer and Winter Games.
The lack of existing resources on the topic makes it difficult to say what exactly these art competitions meant to the international art community, or to the Olympics. Were the Olympic art contests a failed experiment, or simply a curious little relic of an age and an ideology that came and went? The answer to that question, like Gerhardus Bernardus Westermann's Horseman, may be lost to the unyielding passage of time.
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