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Art competitions at the 1928 Summer Olympics

Jan Wils won the gold medal for the design of the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam
"Rugby" by Jean Jacoby

Art competitions were held as part of the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Medals were awarded in five categories (architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture), for works inspired by sport-related themes.

The art exhibition was held at the Stedelijk Museum from 12 June to 12 August, and displayed 1150 works of art from 18 different countries. Additionally, the literature competition attracted 40 entries from 10 countries, and the music competition had 22 entries from 9 countries.[1]

The art competitions at the 1928 Games was larger in scope than for previous Games. Instead of a single competition in each of the five artistic categories, awards were presented in multiple subcategories.[2] The judges of the music competition declined to award any medals in two of the three subcategories, and only presented a single bronze medal in the third.

Art competitions were part of the Olympic program from 1912 to 1948.[3] At a meeting of the International Olympic Committee in 1949, it was decided to hold art exhibitions instead, as it was judged illogical to permit professionals to compete in the art competitions but only amateurs were permitted to compete in sporting events.[4] Since 1952, a non-competitive art and cultural festival has been associated with each Games.


Category Gold Silver Bronze
Architectural design   Jan Wils (NED)
Olympic Stadium at Amsterdam[2]
  Ejnar Mindedal Rasmussen (DEN)
Swimming pool at Ollerup
  Jacques Lambert (FRA)
Stadium at Versailles
Town planning   Alfred Hensel (GER)
Stadium at Nuremberg
  Jacques Lambert (FRA)
Stadium at Versailles
  Max Laeuger (GER)
Municipal Park at Hamburg


Category Gold Silver Bronze
Lyric works   Kazimierz Wierzyński (POL)
"Laur Olimpijski"
  Rudolf G. Binding (GER)
"Reitvorschrift für eine Geliebte"
  Johannes Weltzer (DEN)
"Symphonia Heroica"
Dramatic works none awarded   Lauro De Bosis (ITA)
none awarded
Epic works   Ferenc Mező (HUN)
"L'histoire des Jeux Olympiques"
  Ernst Weiß (GER)
"Boetius von Orlamünde"
  Carel Scharten &
Margo Scharten-Antink (NED)
"De Nar uit de Maremmen"


Category Gold Silver Bronze
Song none awarded none awarded none awarded
One instrument none awarded none awarded none awarded
Orchestra none awarded none awarded   Rudolph Simonsen (DEN)
"Symphony No. 2 Hellas"


Category Gold Silver Bronze
Paintings   Isaac Israëls (NED)
"Cavalier Rouge"
  Laura Knight (GBR)
  Walther Klemm (GER)
Drawings   Jean Jacoby (LUX)
  Alex Virot (FRA)
"Gestes de Football"
  Władysław Skoczylas (POL)
Graphic works   William Nicholson (GBR)
"Un Almanach de douze Sports"
  Carl Moos (SUI)
  Max Feldbauer (GER)


Category Gold Silver Bronze
Statues   Paul Landowski (FRA)
  Milo Martin (SUI)
"Athlète au repos"
  Renée Sintenis (GER)
Reliefs and medallions   Edwin Grienauer (AUT)
  Chris van der Hoef (NED)
Médaille pour les Jeux Olympiques
  Edwin Scharff (GER)

Medal tableEdit

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,[5] and these totals are not included in the IOC's medal table for the 1928 Games.[6]

1  Netherlands (NED)2114
2  Germany (GER)1258
3  France (FRA)1214
4  Great Britain (GBR)1102
5  Poland (POL)1012
6  Austria (AUT)1001
  Hungary (HUN)1001
  Luxembourg (LUX)1001
9   Switzerland (SUI)0202
10  Denmark (DEN)0123
11  Italy (ITA)0101
Totals (11 nations)9101029


  1. ^ G. van Rossem (ed.) (1928). The Ninth Olympiad. Amsterdam 1928. Official Report (PDF). Amsterdam: J. H. de Bussy. pp. 877–901. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-25.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b Wagner, Juergen. "Olympic Art Competition 1928 Amsterdam". Olympic Games Museum. Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-25.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Bolanaki, A. (June 1951). "Report on Art Exhibitions" (PDF). Bulletin du Comité International Olympique. Lausanne: International Olympic Committee (27): 34. Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
  5. ^ "Olympic Medal Winners". International Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 28 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
  6. ^ "Amsterdam 1928 Medal Table". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2008-03-26.