Art was part of the Olympics from 1912 to 1948, with medals awarded for music, literature, architecture, sculpture, and painting. This was due to the vision of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, but future IOC president Avery Brundage fought to eliminate it. The first artistic competition was in 1912, and all medals in artistic categories have been removed from medal tallies. Brundage himself entered the literature category in the 1932 Games.
Art was part of the Olympic Games from 1912 to 1948, when medals were awarded for competitions in music, literature, architecture, sculpture and painting. Although the Olympic Games had their foundation in ancient Greece, the modern version was introduced after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was founded by Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1894. He had a vision of an Olympian who was not just an athlete but also talented in the fine arts. The artistic side of the Olympic Games continued until after the 1948 Games, when future IOC president Avery Brundage fought to eliminate him.
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The first Olympic Games to have an artistic competition was the 1912 Stockholm Games where 33 artists participated.
All medals that have been awarded in any of the artistic categories have since been eliminated from each country’s total Olympic medal tally.
Brundage, an American who became IOC president in 1952 and was an integral part of the art competitions removed from the Olympic Games, entered the 1932 Games in the literature category.