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.
Olympic Art Visions
Olympism Made Visible
Olympism Made Visible is an international photography project that 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 around the world. It explores the power of sport as a tool for social development and change, as seen through the eyes of renowned international photographers who work at the intersection of fine art and social documentary.
Launched by the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage at PyeongChang 2018, the Olympian Artists programme celebrates the links between sport and culture. The programme offers Olympians with artistic talent opportunities to produce and present new artworks during or between editions of the Olympic Games, and to share their inspirational life stories with a wider audience.
Official Olympic Films
Since the early 20th century, each of the Olympic Games editions has left a moving image legacy: the Olympic Films.
World-famous film directors such as Leni Riefenstahl, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, Milos Forman and Carlos Saura were commissioned to create full-length documentaries providing an artistic view of the Olympic Games.
The Official Olympic Films have been inspired by the Olympic Moment to push the boundaries of the Olympic documentary tradition and create powerful cinema as part of the Olympic Games’ cultural legacy.
Olympic art posters
First Olympic Agora cultural hub opens in Tokyo
Tokyo 2020 Games iconic posters unveiled
“Olympic Agora” cultural hub to open ahead of Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
The “Olympic Art project”: an invitation to relive the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 from an exciting and creative perspective
Naomi Kawase appointed to direct the Official Film of Tokyo 2020
Culture & Education Hub
The Culture & Education Hub is the first point of contact to facilitate Olympic Culture and Education initiatives.
Our mission is to raise awareness of Olympic history and values by providing support and inspiration to cultural and educational institutions to develop and put in place their cultural and educational projects.
Do you need any assistance with the ideas, design, content or implementation of your programme?