Arts, Culture and the Olympic Movement
Arts and culture have long been part of the Olympic programme. In Ancient Greece, art and sport were considered perfect partners. The ideal was to achieve harmony by exercising both the body and the mind.
With the birth of the modern Olympic Games in 1896, Pierre de Coubertin advocated for a strong alliance “among athletes, artists, and spectators”. At early editions of the Games (1912-1948), art competitions featured in the programme and medals were awarded in architecture, literature, musical composition, painting and sculpture...
Today the IOC, working in close collaboration with a multitude of partners a multitude of cultural players within the Olympic Movement and beyond, leads or supports the production of arts and culture programmes of during Games time and between the editions of the Games.