Art competitions at the 1932 Summer Olympics

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Richard Konwiarz won the bronze medal for the design of the Schlesierkampfbahn in Breslau.

Art competitions were held as part of the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States. 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.


Category Gold Silver Bronze
Architectural design  Gustave Saacké, Pierre Montenot, Pierre Bailly (FRA)
Design for a "Cirque pour Toros"
 John Russell Pope (USA)
Design for the Payne Whitney Gymnasium, New Haven, Conn.
 Richard Konwiarz (GER)
Design for a "Schlesierkampfbahn" in the Sport Park of Breslau
Town planning  John Hughes (GBR)
Design for a Sports and Recreation Centre with Stadium, for the City of Liverpool
 Jens Klemmensen (DEN)
Design for a Stadium and Public Park
 André Verbeke (BEL)
Design for a "Marathon Park"


Category Gold Silver Bronze
Literature  Paul Bauer (GER)
"Am Kangehenzonga"
 Josef Petersen (DEN)
"The Argonauts"
none awarded


Category Gold Silver Bronze
Music none awarded  Josef Suk (TCH)
"Into a New Life" symphonic march
none awarded


Los Angeles, 1932: Visitors admiring "At the Seaside of Arild" by David Wallin (1876–1957), of Sweden.
Category Gold Silver Bronze
Paintings  David Wallin (SWE)
"At the Seaside of Arild"
 Ruth Miller (USA)
none awarded
Watercolors and drawings  Lee Blair (USA)
 Percy Crosby (USA)
 Gerhard Westermann (NED)
Prints  Joseph Golinkin (USA)
"Leg Scissors"
 Janina Konarska (POL)
"Narciarze" ("Skier")
 Joachim Karsch (GER)


Category Gold Silver Bronze
Statues  Mahonri Young (USA)
"The Knockdown"
 Miltiades Manno (HUN)
 Jakub Obrovský (TCH)
Medals and reliefs  Józef Klukowski (POL)
"Sport Sculpture II"
 Frederick MacMonnies (USA)
"Lingbergh Medal"
 R. Tait McKenzie (CAN)
"Shield of the Athletes"

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 1932 Games.[2]

1 United States (USA)3407
2 Poland (POL)1102
3 Germany (GER)1023
4 France (FRA)1001
 Great Britain (GBR)1001
 Sweden (SWE)1001
7 Denmark (DEN)0202
8 Czechoslovakia (TCH)0112
9 Hungary (HUN)0101
10 Belgium (BEL)0011
 Canada (CAN)0011
 Netherlands (NED)0011
Totals (12 nations)89623


  • The Games of the Xth Olympiad Los Angeles 1932 (PDF). Xth Olympiade Committee of the Games of Los Angeles, U.S.A. 1932. 1933. pp. 748–765. Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-25.
  • Wagner, Juergen. "Olympic Art Competition 1932". 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.