19 June 2024



The Olympics and art have a long and intertwined history, rooted in the ancient traditions of the Games and extending into the modern era through various artistic expressions and cultural programs.

From 1912 to 1948, the modern Olympics included art competitions in categories like architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture. These competitions were the brainchild of Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, who believed in the importance of the arts in the Olympic Movement.

Since the discontinuation of official art competitions, the Olympic Games have continued to promote the arts through the Cultural Olympiad. This program includes a variety of cultural events and activities, such as exhibitions, performances, and workshops, which take place in the host city before and during the Games. Moreover, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, houses a vast collection of art related to the Olympics, including posters, sculptures, and other memorabilia. It serves as a testament to the enduring connection between sport and art.

Neil Eckersley OLY, Olympic bronze medallist, has turned his hand to softer skills some time ago and is making his mark in the world of contemporary abstract art. With just under 40 days left until the Opening Ceremony on the River Seine, Paris is gearing up for an unforgettable event! Check out Neil Eckersley OLY latest triptych art pieces titled: “Core,” capturing the essence of Olympism and the core values of Excellence, Respect, and Friendship. This collection, featuring Paris’s iconic scenery and the Olympic rings, pays tribute to Paris2024. Explore more of Neil Eckersley OLY’s remarkable work at www.olyart.co.uk.

Author: Szandra Szogedi