The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024 are an exceptional opportunity to strengthen and renew the dialogue between the world of sport and culture, which share so many common values: those of demanding, sharing, respect, of self-fulfillment.

The Ministry of Culture is mobilizing this year to launch the Cultural Olympiad in the fall of 2021, in liaison with the Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games: a rich program where sport will be the occasion for cultural projects in the most varied formats. Several national operators, some of which host Olympic and Paralympic events such as the Grand Palais (fencing, taekwondo) and the Château de Versailles (horse riding, modern pentathlon), engaged in the preparation of a program to match the event.

It is this dialogue between sport and culture, between sport and creation, between sport and heritage that the Minister of Culture, Ms Roselyne-Bachelot-Narquin, in the presence of Mr Tony Estanguet, President of the Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024, has come to encourage by mobilizing the representatives of the Ministry of Culture on the whole of the metropolitan and ultramarine territory.

The challenge is to create the conditions for diverse and inventive cultural programming where sport and culture come together. The Ministry of Culture wants as many people as possible to seize the event.

Since the beginning, the Olympic and Paralympic Games have combined sport and culture. This ambition has been set at the heart of competition venues for the 2024 Paris Games. From the close of the Tokyo Games, the Paris 2024 Cultural Olympiad will showcase the richness and diversity of culture in France. For just over three years, artistic collaborations and events accessible to a wide audience will be organized throughout France. They will value both the creation and the heritage of our country and its multiple local cultures, in all artistic disciplines. This will be followed by the Olympic Festival, which will be held in the territories hosting the competitions during the 2024 Games.

An original work by artist Marjane Satrapi will be woven by artisans of the Manufacture des Gobelins

Marjane Satrapi has agreed to create a work that will be the subject of a tapestry inspired by the Olympic Games. This will be the first artistic work of the Cultural Olympiad. The tapestry will be hand-woven for three years by artisans from the Gobelins and Beauvais national manufactures and will be completed in 2024.

This project is the result of an exceptional association between the Ministry of Culture that mobilized the Mobilier national, a French heritage site and a major player in contemporary creation and the promotion of French-style decorative arts and the organizing committee of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“The preparation of these Olympic and Paralympic Games gives us a tremendous opportunity to organize events throughout the cultural field and for everyone: they will be opportunities to celebrate the vitality of our artistic creation and the richness of our heritage, and more generally the links between sport and culture.” said Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture.

For Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024, This first cooperation between Paris 2024, the Mobilier national and the artist Marjane Satrapi launches our Cultural Olympiad over three years, an opportunity to showcase our artists but also all the excellence of French know-how. It symbolizes our shared desire to strengthen the ties between sport, art and culture through the inspiring power of the Games.”

As Hervé Lemoine, Director of the Mobilier national explains, Weaving for a big event is a real tradition for our institution. Our crafts are inherited from history but are resolutely inscribed in the present. It is a great pride for our factories to be able to put this exceptional know-how at the service of the values of Olympism.”

The artistic project of the artist Marjane Satrapi

The Franco-Iranian artist radiates France throughout the world through works that reflect with poetry the meeting of cultures. A talented comic book author, painter and filmmaker, Marjane Satrapi said she was “particularly honoured to be able to partner with the Paris 2024 project and work closely with the artisans of the Mobilier national factories.”

This triptych pays tribute to history with a javelin pitcher reminiscent of the official poster of the Games of 1924, makes reference to the so important gender paritya man who is a historic first in the history of the Games and finally welcomes the novelties and innovation related to the new urban breaking and skateboarding events registered at the Paris 2024 Games.

The creation of the tapestry will be the subject of a close dialogue between the artist and the exceptional know-how of the artisans. The model model – or “cardboard” – developed by the artist, the first step in the creative process, reveals the composition and motifs of the tapestry as desired by the artist. The second phase will highlight the work of the wonderful dry cleaners and straighteners of the Gobelins and Beauvais national manufactures with world-renowned expertise. The weaving of this tapestry, which will measure 9 metres by 3.3 metres in height, will begin in September 2021 and will last for three years. This will undoubtedly be one of the emblematic works of the Games.

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