Exhibition: Genius of sport

EXHIBITION:" Genius of sport " : The life and legacy of Pierre de Coubertin A Paris 2024 "Cultural Olympiade" exhibition, presented by the Association Familiale Pierre de Coubertin.

PLACE: Mairie du 7ème arrondissement de Paris, 116 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris The Grand 19th-century townhall of the 7th district of Paris is located in the heart of Paris, in the immediate vicinity of two major Olympic competition venues: Les Invalides (competition venue for archery, athletics and road cycling) and the Champ de Mars under the Eiffel Tower (competition venue for judo, wrestling and beach volleyball).

DATES AND TIMES: June 11, 2024 to September 13, 2024. From 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday - closed Sunday.

CONTEXT & PRESENTATION:For the first time in 100 years, this year's Olympic Games are being held in Paris, the hometown of Pierre de Coubertin (1863 - 1937), founder of modern Olympism. An opportunity to recall the modernity of his philosophy, and the strength of his legacy.
Committed throughout his life to the Olympic ideal, Pierre de Coubertin created a philosophy (the Olympic Charter), a world organization (the IOC), and a platform for international encounters, which today remains the only one to unite so many nations around sport. The Association Familiale Pierre de Coubertin (AFPC), which brings together some of his descendants, is organizing, with the support of the International Olympic Museum in Lausanne, a unique exhibition on Olympism and the personal life of Pierre de Coubertin. Labelled a "Cultural Olympiad", the exhibition focuses on Coubertin's revolutionary ideas, and their universal and timeless character. It also shows the positive impact of the Olympic movement on developing countries.
The exhibition is on display at the Town Hall in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. This is the district where Pierre de Coubertin spent his youth, but it is also in the immediate vicinity of two major competition venues: the Invalides and the Champ de Mars. Alongside books and historical documents, the event will feature documentary videos, photos, paintings and drawings.

PARTNERS:• Concept and Creative Director: George Hirthler - Genius of Sport LLC American author of historical novels, including "Genius of Sport", on which this exhibition is largely based. An expert on Pierre de Coubertin and the Olympic movement, George is also a screenwriter and creator of film concepts. Association Familiale Pierre de Coubertin - 97, boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris, France
• Expert advisor: Christian Seychal - AVCO - "Association le Voyage au Coeur de l'Olympisme" (Journey to the Heart of Olympism Association) Olympic and sports journalist, producer of the IOC's televised International Olympic Magazine, historian and producer of documentaries and exhibitions
• Expert advisor: Gilles Lecocq - CFPC - Comité Français Pierre de Coubertin Professor of psychology and writer. He is vice-president of the French Pierre de Coubertin Committee and president of the Cercle Pierre de Coubertin d'Île-de-France.

AUDIANCE:Youth and all the visitors from around the world who will be in Paris for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

THEMES:The story of Coubertin will be presented from 4 perspectives:
1. The context in which Coubertin grew up and which nourished his thinking,
2. What he implemented,
3. What Olympism looks like today and how the philosophy continues to work for peace,
4. The Olympic movement in India and the inspiring stories of some Indian athletes.

CONTENT:In an exhibition space of around 150m2, spread out over different areas, the exhibition showcases the following contents: large panels with images and texts, documentary videos, family heirlooms, books and historical documents, photos, paintings and drawings.


The Pierre de Coubertin Family Association brings together the descendants of Pierre de Coubertin’s family, the visionary who founded the modern Olympic Games. Our association's mission is to perpetuate the philosophical legacy of the man. Pierre de Coubertin believed in the importance of education, sports, and moral excellence. We are committed to promoting these values in today's world.

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Citations de Pierre

"Citius, altius, fortius. Faster, higher, stronger. That is the motto of the International Committee, and the fundamental reason for the existence of any form of Olympism.”
“Olympism is a destroyer of dividing walls. It calls for air and light for all. It advocates a broad-based athletic education accessible to all, trimmed with manly courage and the spirit of chivalry, blended with esthetic and literary demonstrations, and serving as an engine for national life and as a basis for civic life.”
"What is Olympic is universal"



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