Art competitions at the 1920 Summer Olympics

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Art competitions were held as part of the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. Medals were awarded in five categories (architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture), for works inspired by sport-related themes.

Art competitions were part of the Olympic program from 1912 to 1948, but were discontinued due to concerns about amateurism and professionalism. Since 1952, a non-competitive art and cultural festival has been associated with each Games.

Medal summary[edit]

Category Gold Silver Bronze
Architecture none awarded  Holger Sinding-Larsen (NOR)
Project for a gymnastics school
none awarded
Literature  Raniero Nicolai (ITA)
"Canzoni Olimpioniche"
 Theodore Andrea Cook (GBR)
"Olympic Games of Antwerp"
 Maurice Bladel (BEL)
"La Louange des Dieux"
Music  Georges Monier (BEL)
 Oreste Riva (ITA)
"Marcia trionfale"
none awarded
Painting none awarded  Henriette Brossin de Polanska (FRA)
 Alfred Ost (BEL)
"Joueur de Football"
Sculpture  Albéric Collin (BEL)
"La Force"
 Simon Goossens (BEL)
"Les Patineurs"
 Alphons De Cuyper (BEL)
"Lanceur de Poids" and "Coureur"

Medal table[edit]

At the time, medals were awarded to these artists, but art competitions are no longer regarded as official Olympic events by the International Olympic Committee. These events do not appear in the IOC medal database,[1] and these totals are not included in the IOC's medal table for the 1920 Games.[2]

1 Belgium (BEL)2136
2 Italy (ITA)1102
3 France (FRA)0101
 Great Britain (GBR)0101
 Norway (NOR)0101
Totals (5 nations)35311


  • Olympic Games Antwerp 1920 — Official Report (PDF) (in French). Belgian Olympic Committee. 1957. p. 80. Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-25.
  • Wagner, Juergen. "Olympic Art Competition 1920". Olympic Games Museum. Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-25.
  • Kramer, Bernhard (May 2004). "In Search of the Lost Champions of the Olympic Art Contests" (PDF). Journal of Olympic History. 12 (2): 29–34. Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-25.