Coubertin and the Arts

Virtual Exhibition

Pierre de Coubertin showed great enthusiasm for art all his life. This is emphasized in his initiative to include art competitions in the Olympic Games programme. The art competitions were to contribute to the celebration of the Olympic Games as a unique festival at which competitors and spectators alike would experience a new aesthetical dimension of balanced harmony between athletics, culture and education (see also


Pierre de Coubertin inherited his ancestors’ talents and his devotion for arts from his father, Charles Fredy, Baron de Coubertin, who was a respected painter in France and abroad. This exhibition displays a selection of works of art which underline the artistic profile of the Coubertin family. Therefore, we are acquainted with another dimension of Pierre de Coubertin’s life, the one that was shaped by a humanistic ideal of education. The International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (IPCC) clearly meets the central objective of its mission, namely, to disseminate knowledge on Pierre de Coubertin’s life and work.


We are delighted to present the exhibition ‘Coubertin and the Arts’ it in its virtual form. The exhibition itself was designed by Professor Dr. Norbert MÜLLER, honorary IPCC President, Dr. Christian WACKER, IPCC member, Yvan de NAVACELLE de COUBERTIN, IPCC Honorary member and Dr. Marcia De FRANCESCHI NETO. It was presented for the first time on the occasion of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 at the Olympic Village and then at the Club France in Rio de Janeiro. At that time, the panels were presented in English, French and Portuguese.


As the exhibition attracted a large number of visitors, Professor Dr. Stephan Wassong, IPCC President, decided to set it up as a virtual exhibition, thus enabling access to a much broader audience.


The Japanese edition of the Exhibition “Coubertin and the Arts” is dedicated to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.