To mark the first-ever Olympism in Action Forum and the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, the International Olympic Committee commissioned internationally celebrated conceptual artist Leandro Erlich to create a large-scale, temporary installation to bring to life the Olympic values.
Known for playing with human perception, Erlich presented Ball Game, an ensemble of five large-scale hyper-realistic sport balls that encouraged the audience to experience the delight of moving beyond the everyday and into the festive terrain of his humour and imagination.
After being displayed at the Olympism in Action Forum, the balls rolled through the city’s public space to the Parque Tres de Febrero at the city’s Planetarium Galileo Galilei in the neighbourhood of Palermo in a performative action. Only through a true collective effort, spectators got the monumental balls rolling.
The sport balls are a simple visual expression of the unifying spirit of friendship, excellence, and respect…. faced with the challenge of moving these monumental objects, collaboration and fraternity become our natural response. This game invites us to move forward together, inspired by the Olympic values - Leandro Erlich.
Meet the Artist - Leandro Erlich
Leandro Erlich, born 1973, lives and works in Buenos Aires and Montevideo.
Between 1998 and 1999 he took part in the Core Program, an artist-in-residence program in Houston, Texas, U.S. Then he moved to New York and made his first exhibition in a commercial New York gallery. In the year 2000, he participated in the Whitney Biennale and represented Argentina in the 49th Venice Biennale (2001). He lived and worked in Paris for a few years, then came back to Buenos Aires.
His works are in private and public collections. The public collections include the Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Tate Modern, London; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; 21st Century Museum of Art Kanazawa, Japan; MACRO, Rome; The Jerusalem Museum; FNAC, France; Ville de Paris et SCNF, Gare du Nord, France; etc.
The IOC’s commission is part of a new and long-term programme of artist commissions under the umbrella of the Olympic Art Project, and initiative led by the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage to engage leading contemporary artists on a recurring basis to reinterpret the linkages between sport and culture that are fundamental to the Olympic Movement, and to help foster a fresh and dynamic dialogue around the Olympic values. This programme was set up in the framework of Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, notably its recommendation 26, which aims to further strengthen the blending of sport and culture at the Olympic Games and in-between.