Olympic posters blend beauty, symbolic style
They have been added to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) archive, which dates back to the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. The eight Olympic posters were unveiled on Nov. 2 at MMCA Seoul, and were selected from among 205 submissions made from May to July of 2017.
The posters include a work of abstract calligraphy with thunderous bold lines, a Pollock-esque landscape painting, a brilliantly kaleidoscopic quilt and a careful photographic study of a moon jar. All the posters take on a unique ambience of their own, expressing various Olympic themes such as speed and strength, while imbued with the beauty of the Korean soul and the snowy landscape of Gangwon province.
The Paralympic posters are more abstract, using an interplay of color or chiaroscuro that highlights the power and passion of the Paralympic Games.
From Feb. 7 to March 18, the 12 posters will be on display at Culture Station Seoul 284 along with about 300 official posters in the IOC archive, while print copies will be sold at the MMCA Seoul gift shop.