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Message from the President

On July 10 and 11, 1995, at UNESCO, 65 countries represented by personalities and dignitaries of all ranks (Ministers, Ambassadors, representatives of international institutions etc.) signed the founding charter of the first modern “Olympic Arts” in order to revive the “Olympiads” of art that the ancient Greeks established in 566 BC. A press conference followed this constituent assembly (see press articles on the site).

This historic renaissance has been endorsed and supported by the Centennial Congress of the International Olympic Committee – Paris 1994, the United Nations and UNESCO.

Despite the candidacy of several cities (Toulouse, Warsaw, Bern, Sofia) we postponed the world premiere because of the still insufficient development in the 2000s of social networks and other interactivity of the Internet. Since the international public is destined to be the “judge” with the exclusive objective of designating the winners, it is in the 2010s that we restarted negotiations with the candidate cities. This delay allowed us to refine the rules of participation, while waiting for the evolution of interactivities across the Internet that are adequate today.

The world premiere of this historic renaissance dedicated to Art is scheduled for 2021, in order to respect the historical calendar instituted in antiquity (“3 years after a sports Olympiad”, the most recent having taken place in Korea in 2018).

It will bring together the best artists selected by the 206 countries that will be invited to participate.

The winning works will be those that will bring together the most elements related to universality, harmony and non-violence (any form of violence, even allegoric will be rejected).

For each discipline, three works will be designated favorites by the international public, who will be the sole referee of each “competition”.

But unlike sport, art is a subjective activity that can only be judged on its ability to delight and move the beholder. It cannot be quantified or measured. The notion of “first” loses its legitimacy in an art form, and that is why the three winners, in each discipline, will receive a trophy of the same value.

It is therefore the first “competition” dedicated to Art that gives the international public the complete freedom to select the winning works, according to its universality, effect on feelings and the criteria mentioned above.

In 2016, the generic term “olympic” of our appellation of origin has been modified with reference to Mount Olympus, which the shape of our logo denotes, becoming “Olymp’Arts”. Indeed, this revival of the “Olympiads of Art”, introduced by ancient Greece according to a precise calendar of which the modern concept belongs to us (official deposit INPI 1992, renewed in 2015), has always been independent of the IOC. It is to better differentiate ourselves from the sporting world and avoid any confusion that this change of terminology in our generic title was implemented. By the way, this change has been approved by the IOC.

“Beauty will change the world” (Dostoïevski) is our maxim.

Marc VERRIERE

Founding President

Executive Committee

Marc VERRIERE

Founding President

Françoise LEGRAND

Artistic Director & Co-Founder

Mathieu CHARDET

Stage Manager & Co-Founder

Julien DEBOUBERT

Director of Exhibitions & Co-Founder

Jonathan WACHEUX

IT Manager Webmaster

Luc DIDELOT

Vice President

Stéphane DE TURCKHEIM

Director Strategy Institutional Relations Partnerships

Anne CLEMENÇON

Marketing Director and Graphic Design

Thierry LEFÈVRE

Director of development

Virginie HURMANE

Brand Management and Social Networks

Ambassadors

Alain NONAT

Ambassador of the Olymp’Arts in North America & Co-Founder CANADA

Kimmo PASANEN

Ambassador of the Olymp’Arts in Europe & Co-Founder FINLAND

Igor LIVANT

Ambassador of the Olymp’Arts in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia & Co-Founder RUSSIA

Mary RIX-MILLER

Ambassador of the Olymp’Arts in Oceania and South East Asia & Co-Founder NEW ZEALAND

Cesare NISSIRIO

Ambassador of the Olymp’Arts in Western Europe (South) & Co-Founder ITALY

Marlos NOBRE

Ambassador of the Olymp’Arts in South America & Co-Founder BRAZIL

Adépo YAPO

Ambassador of the Olymp’Arts in Africa & Co-Founder IVORY COAST

Founder Honorary Committee

During the creation of the « Olymp’Arts » at the UNESCO in 1995, all the greatest artists who were invited to represent the artistic disciplines enthusiastically agreed to be part of the Honorary Founding Committee.

Tadao ANDO

Japanese architect

Marie-Claude PIETRAGALLA

Dancer, French choreographer

Lorin MAAZEL †

Conductor, Violinist, American composer

Carolyn CARLSON

Dancer, Choreographer, Poetess, American Calligrapher

Ravi SHANKAR †

Sitarist Musician, Indian Composer

Jessye NORMAN

American soprano

Miloš FORMAN †

Writer, American director

Philippe TORRETON

French actor

Seiji OZAWA

Japanese conductor

Robert HOSSEIN

Actor, Director, Director, Screenwriter, French Dialogist

Maurice BÉJART †

Dancer, French choreographer

Niki DE SAINT PHALLE †

Fine artist, Painter, Sculptress, French-American director

Richard MEIER

Architect, American Abstract Artist

Jean d’ORMESSON †

Writer, Journalist, French Philosopher

Han SUYIN †

Writer, Autobiographer, Chinese and Belgian Historian

Jean NOUVEL

French architect

Steven HOLL

American architect

Bob WILSON

Director, American visual artist

National Committees

1.National Committees are optional.

2.Only one National Committee (NC), recognized by the Executive Council of the Olymp’Arts (ECO), may represent a country.

3.The regulations to define and supervise the management of a NC and its relationship with the ECO will be developed separately for each country.

4.The existence of a NC is directly conditioned to the development of its networks and its access to the Internet, both nationally and regionally.

5.The registration of an artist through a NC will be taken into account only if the possibility of a direct registration by Internet on the site of the Olymp’Arts is neither possible nor accessible to them.

6.Artists, independent of any institutional structure, will always have the possibility of registering directly with the Olymp’Arts, via the applications available on the site of the organization. It will not be compulsory to go through a NC.

7.Consequently, the main function of a NC is to compensate for the failure of the Internet networks in its country or to help artists who do not have the personal means to access it. In this hypothesis, the NC’s main objective will be to seek out, through its own national associative networks, all artists with little-known talent whose isolation prevents them from making themselves known.

8.The second responsibility of a NC, if it is set up, is to participate in the development of the Olymp’Arts in its country, by increasing the number of press releases, messages and information, to the artists and the media, by all the national means placed at its disposal : press, social networks, radio, television.

9.When the setting-up of a NC is necessary, the official representative must immediately inform the ECO.

10.In this eventuality, the NC should be made up of a group of people whose vocation is to promote creativity and artistic expression.The members of this committee will have to organize themselves around a non-profit making association, and its statutes will have to guarantee the respect of the rules and the basic principles of the Olymp’Arts, while demonstrating its wish and its ability to discover artists of talent.

11.In the future, the existence of a NC could be queried when the development of social networks and means of access to the Internet (computer and smartphone) is sufficient to allow any artist to access it, wherever they may be located in the country.

12.The NC will have to appoint an official representative, acquire an address and permanent references as well as an affiliation to an electronic communication network (e-mail, telephone and website). English and French are the official languages of the Olymp’Arts.

13.When the NC has been set up, it must submit a copy of its statutes to the ECO’s headquarters in order to receive formal approval. Any changes of its statutes must also be communicated to the ECO.

14.The Rules of the Olymp’Arts take precedence over all other regulations, including the statutes of the NC.

15.The NC also accepts the final authority of the ECO The NC can freely use the Olymp’Arts emblems and logo, without the possibility of modifying However, the basic design may be associated with a distinctive sign, symbol or name identifying the country concerned. By “associated”, this means “placed next to” or below, without the original logo of the Olymp’Arts under going the slightest modification in its integrity of form and colour. The final design must be approved by the ECO.

16.These regulations are non-exhaustive

Press articles following the constituent assembly of 1995

History

The first Olympiads in history exclusively dedicated to art were created in 566 BC *, then abandoned – as were the ancient Olympic Sports Games – and never restored until today!

The notion of Olympism, which was conceived by the ancient Greeks seven centuries B.C., already covered two complementary and distinct elements: the body and the spirit.

Sport is the performance of the body. The arts are the creation of the spirit. The Greeks understood this, and for this reason, they decided to hold the two events at two different times.

Indeed, the difficulty and the pitfalls that were encountered from the very beginning to perpetuate the artistic competitions in the midst of the sports competitions have eventually led them to reflect and come up with a better solution.

By transforming the “Great Panathenaia” – whose origin goes back more than ten centuries B.C.  – into an artistic competition which took place “every four years, the third year after each Olympic Games” *, the Greeks thus determined the Olympic character of these artistic competitions.

This well-thought timetable set by the ancient Greeks made it possible to combine sport and art, which they regarded as complementary, in the notion of Olympism, while condemning both Games to never occur at the same time, thus preventing one from shading the other.

But the story is now in the past, and these events have been forgotten!

It was in 1995 at UNESCO that the charter of this rebirth was founded by 65 countries with the aim of reviving these “Olympiads” * of art that the ancient Greeks had separated from sport.

Among the numerous supports received, the United Nations and the “Centenary Congress of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Paris 1994” should be noted.

The year 2021 will see the first realization of these Art Olympiads.

* « The Eternal Olympics » The Art and History of Sport – Editeur Nicolaos Yalouris – Caratzas Brothers Publishers – New Rochelle – New-York 1979

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