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Paris 1924: Sport, Art and the Body

19 July – 3 November 2024

100 years on from the first Paris Olympics, explore how the modernist culture of this vibrant city shaped the future of sport and the Olympic Games we know and love today.

Through art, fashion, film, photography and more, Paris 1924: Sport, Art and the Body looks back on the pivotal moment when traditions and trailblazers collided, fusing the Olympics’ classical legacy with the European avant-garde spirit. It was a breakthrough that forever changed attitudes towards sporting achievement and celebrity, as well as body image and identity, nationalism and class, race and gender.

The exhibition also highlights the extraordinary achievements of the Cambridge University students who won no fewer than 11 Olympic medals for Great Britain that year, including the sprinter Harold Abrahams whose story inspired the award-winning film ‘Chariots of Fire’.

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Image: Detail of André Lhote, Joueurs de Tennis (Tennis Players), 1917, Oil on canvas © AELTC/Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

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