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Opening for “Olympic SPIRIT”
October 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm–6:30 pm
The opening will include short presentations by the 10 artists and the curator and a string quartet playing music appropriate for the exhibition and its theme. Visitors will be able to assign one word statements to the individual works of art that they think best describes a work.
This new contemporary art exhibition, organized by Unbound Visual Arts, is about the Olympic Spirit and its various manifestations in life such as commitment, cooperation, courage, inspiration, passion, and perseverance. These actions are presented through art and influenced by and related to the Olympic games – its goals, its world-wide involvement and the good will of over 200 countries, and a wide array of private and group behaviors. The 25 works of art includes both 2 and 3 dimensional representational and conceptual works that present personal, physical, and psychological qualities that relate to the spirit, the competition, and the tradition of the Olympics. The art includes literal and non-literal interpretations related to the Olympics. This exhibition was not intended to be closely related to the proposed Boston 2024 Olympics, so the end of Boston 2024 does NOT effect this exhibition. The Exhibition runs Oct. 1 – Nov. 6, 2015.
The arts have always played an important role in the Olympics. Beginning with the early Greek Olympics starting in 776 BCE and lasting 1400 years, artists captured the glory and the athletic achievements on clay, on walls, and in drawings. Then, in the first half of the 20th century, artists competed for medals by creating works of art that were motivated by the sporting endeavors and the Olympic ideals. For over 120 years, the modern Olympics has been striving to bring about world cooperation, education, and peace through athletic competition. Those principles have always been at the heart of the games, held every 4 years but not always successfully achieved. Many political, economic and religious differences and conflicts have often overshadowed the goals but nonetheless the games have continued to bring men and women together from almost every nation on earth. The five rings of the official Olympics flag represent the five continents of the world while the colors (black, green, red, yellow and blue) of the rings represent the nations of the world.