Art competitions were part of the modern Olympic Games

Art competitions were part of the modern Olympic Games during its early years (from 1912 to 1948).

Part of the original intention of the Olympic Movement’s founder, Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin, art competitions were divided into 5 categories: architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture, and medals were awarded for works of art inspired by sport.

In 1954, at the 49th IOC Session in Athens, members voted to replace these contests with an exhibition. Several attempts have been made to re-include them -without success.

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