SPOT24: The Olympic exhibition of Urban Sports

SPOT24: The Olympic exhibition of Urban Sports

Explore the rise of urban sports at the SPOT24 exhibition in Paris.

Until December 31 this year, Paris is playing host to a must-see event for urban sports enthusiasts. The Olympic Museum in Lausanne and Paris je t’aime have collaborated for ‘SPOT24: the Olympic Exhibition, sport, and urban cultures’, a unique exhibition showcasing six new Olympic disciplines and their deep connection with urban cultures, offering a taste of the Paris 2024 Games.

The exhibition takes place at SPOT24, a new venue at 101 Quai Jacques Chirac, near the Eiffel Tower, and highlights the six new Olympic disciplines to be featured at the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Under the direction of François Gautret, curator of the ‘Hip-Hop 360’ exhibition at the Philharmonie de Paris, this exhibition focuses on the emerging sports of skateboarding, climbing, BMX freestyle, 3×3 basketball, surfing and breaking and their close relationship with urban cultures. The exhibition opens with a total immersion into urban cultures, as iconic objects, archives, and original creations by French and international artists, including the prototype of the Paris 2024 torch, are unveiled.

Among the works to discover at SPOT24 are original murals by PichiAvo, iconic creations from the Keith Haring x Swatch collection, the unique vinyl collection of Lord Funk, stop-motion videos by Patagraph, a dedicated space for ‘finger skateboarding’ in miniature Paris streets, surfboards from Polynesian artists, and photos and sculptures by French artist Léo Caillard.

SPOT24 has been labelled a ‘Cultural Olympiad’ by Paris 2024, confirming its status as a major player in the city’s cultural landscape this summer. So if you’re heading to the City of Light this year, don’t miss the opportunity to dive into the fascinating world of urban sports and alternative cultures. 

Lead photo credit : © Emma-Jemima Bourchier

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