Suite: Olympic Centennial Untitled

Carybé1990 - 1992

The Olympic Museum

The Olympic Museum
Lausanne, Switzerland

On the ground, three women are holding a big fish with a yellow ball in its mouth; in the sky/sea, women are playing with big fish as they surf on them.


  • Title: Suite: Olympic Centennial Untitled
  • Creator Lifespan: 9 February 1911 - 2 October 1997
  • Creator Nationality: Argentine
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Birth Place: Lanús, Argentina
  • Date Created: 1990 - 1992
  • Location Created: Brazil
  • Physical Dimensions: w690 x h990 cm (Complete)
  • Painter: Carybé Héctor Julio Paride de Bernabó, known as
  • Description: Signed: Carybé'91 lower right. From the 50 original works of the Olympic Centennial Suite, the IOC printed 250 lithographs of each work, all measuring 63/90cm, on Arches vellum paper (270 grams), signed by the artist and numbered.
  • Collection information: The "Olympic Centennial Suite ", brings together 50 works by international artists who are representative of the variety of contemporary artistic tendencies. It was created on the occasion of the centenary of the foundation of the International Olympic Committee in 1994. For the choice of the works, the IOC brought in two prestigious French art critics, Gérard Xuriguera and Francis Parent. More than two years were necessary to constitute this Suite, with the aim of representing, in just 50 works, the multiplicity of creative work produced over the last five decades, from the figurative to the abstract, from hyperrealism to minimalism, from the new figurative school to abstract expressionism, as well as geometrism, conceptual art, and body art. It was decided that each international artist selected should create a work on a two-dimensional support. Some of these artists, aware of the importance of the message of the Olympic Movement, have rendered this spirit a special homage, while always remaining faithful to their own personal style. This "Suite" can be qualified as the jewel of the art collection of The Olympic Museum.
  • Artistic school or movement: Héctor Julio Paride de Bernabó settled in Brazil with his family when he was young. While living in Rio de Janeiro, where he was a scout, he received the nickname of Carybé, a kind of piranha.His training began in 1925 in the Rio ceramics studio of his older brother, and he went on to study at the city's Escola Nacional de Bellas Artes (1927-29). In 1929, Carybé changed his city of residence to Buenos Aires. While working on newspapers and journals in Argentina he continued to maintain a strong relationship with Brazil. In 1950 he moved to the city of Salvador in Bahia and, at the invitation of the state’s Secretary of Education, produced wall-reliefs for the Centro Educacional Carneiro Ribeiro (Escola Parque). After that, he spent most of his working life in the city of Bahia, where, along with the writer Jorge Amado and the sculptor Mario Cravo, he became a key figure in artistic circles. He extensively and expressively depicted the candomblé rites, further dedicating himself to the popular manifestation of Bahians’ lives and the customs of fishermen, peddlers, capoeira dancers and berimbau players. He illustrated books by Amado as well as Gabriel Gárcia Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. However, it was in mural art where the work of Carybé became monumental. His entire creation was marked by passion and dominated by a harmonious distribution of colour and theme. His works display a profound, heartfelt “Americanism”, a feeling of identity with the Americas. Carybé inhabited a world full of popular festivities, depicting for us the colour and beauty of their costumes or the magic of their symbols.
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: International Olympic Committee, 2004, ©IOC/G.Peter
  • Medium: China ink and watercolour on paper

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