With only about two weeks before the highly anticipated Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage (OFCH) has just opened a new cultural hub, “Olympic Agora”, dedicated to the celebration of the spirit and of the ideals of the Games, highlighting the cultural and social importance of the world’s greatest sporting event.
Inspired by the public gathering spaces, or agoras, of ancient Greece, the Olympic Agora will be visible from July 1 to August 15 in the historic district of Nihonbashi in Tokyo. The new initiative, which is expected to be a destination where sport meets arts and culture, will feature a series of artistic installations, exhibitions and digital programs focused on the values ââof the Games, marking the first time in history that The Olympics host a cultural hub event to offer a global audience a chance to experience the Olympic spirit in an immersive way, both on location and online.
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The Olympic Agora features installations by famous artists, including Rinko Kawauchi and Makoto Tojiki, as well as a group exhibition of works by six Olympian and Paralympian artists in residence. Another highlight is a life-size commission from French artist Xavier Veilhan, which is a permanent, site-specific heritage sculpture that depicts five people of different ages, sexes and nationalities united as sports spectators. The space will also include a multimedia installation by Montreal studio Moment Factory, as well as an exhibition of treasures from the permanent holdings of the Olympic Museum.
âCommemorating the history and lasting cultural impact of the Olympic Movement on the world, the Olympic Agora will serve as a hub for the culture, exploration and promotion of the Olympic values,â said Angelita Teo, Director of the Foundation Olympic for Culture and Heritage. . âAt this unprecedented moment, the Olympic Agora is a symbol of determination, overcoming challenges and international cooperation; the power of sport and art to carry us through times of crisis.
These on-site installations will be complemented by a digital program, where a range of free virtual exhibitions and artist talks will be available on the Olympic Museum’s official website and social media for local and global audiences. In accordance with public health restrictions related to Covid-19, the number of visitors to the Olympic Agora will be limited and strictly controlled to ensure safety.
Find out more about the Olympic Agora on olympics.com
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