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Olympic Posters

Rio 2016 Olympics Poster

Rio 2016 Olympics Poster This Olympics poster, which was unveiled on New Year’s Eve, before two million people, was created by Rio-based Tátil. The major challenge that the emblem has been able to overcome is the need to “represent the Passion and Transformation of a city and the entire country, and project these values to the rest of the world.”

London 2012 Olympics Poster

London 2012 Olympics Poster The 2012 London Olympics poster shows colorful Olympics rings superimposed over each other. These circles reflect the memories created by the meeting of athletes every four years. These rings look like marks made by glasses left on a table.
Beijing 2008 Olympics Poster Beijing 2008 Olympics Poster On the top of the poster is the Dancing Beijing emblem of the Games. This silhouette represents the Chinese character jing, meaning capital. It was a reference to Beijing being the capital of China.
Athens 2004 Olympics Poster Athens 2004 Olympics Poster The poster of 2004 Athens Olympics shows the emblem of the Games and also includes a crown made of olive leaves. This is a reference to the ancient Olympic Games, where such a crown used to awarded to the winners. While the circular form of the olive branch symbolizes an invitation to take part in the Olympics, the use of blue and white colors represent the Greek countryside dominated by sea and sky.
Sydney 2000 Olympics Poster Sydney 2000 Olympics Poster
Atlanta 1996 Olympics Poster The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, chose this image drawn by an artist from "The Look of the Games", Primo Angeli, as the official poster for the 1996 Olympic Games.
Barcelona 1992 Summer Games Poster Barcelona 1992 Summer Games Poster
Seoul 1988 Summer Games Poster Seoul 1988 Summer Games Poster The official poster represented the Games ideal of "Harmony and Progress" in the combination of two images. In the poster, the five rings symbolising the pure Olympic spirit were rendered in bright figurative form to represent the Olympic ideal illuminating the world in peace forever. The image of the runner carrying the Olympic torch symbolised mankind's progress towards happiness and prosperity. The official posters were done with computer graphic techniques, and light blue and bright orange colours were blended to symbolise Korea as the Land of Morning Calm.
Los Angeles 1984 Summer Games Poster Los Angeles 1984 Summer Games Poster
Moscow 1980 Summer Games Poster Moscow 1980 Summer Games Poster It featured the emblem of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow: a section of a running track rising into an architectural silhouette typical of Moscow and a five-pointed star topping the silhouette.
Montreal 1976 Poster Montreal 1976 Poster The Games Organising Committee made two main series of posters. The first illustrated eight key themes and the second illustrated sports.
Munich 1972 Poster Munich 1972 Poster Numerous posters were created for these Games, notably a series on the theme of sports competitions and cultural events. The official poster was meant to promote not one specific sports event, but the whole of the Munich Games. It was supposed to express the specific spirit of the Games. Here, the design evokes the modern architecture of the sporting venues, in a style and using colours which are purposefully simple and pure. In the centre of the background, the famous Olympic tower.
Mexico 1968 Poster Mexico 1968 Poster The series of posters for these Games came from the collaboration of three artists: Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, architect and President of the Organising Committee for the Games, Eduardo Terrazas (MEX) and Lance Wyman (USA) who designed the "Mexico 68" logo. They then developed it to create the black and white poster, which recalls the patterns of the Huichole Indians.
Tokyo 1964 Poster Tokyo 1964 Poster< It recalls the official emblem, composed of the Olympic rings superimposed on the emblem of the Japanese national flag, representing the rising sun. There was a total of four official posters, all designed by Yusaku Kamekura. They were all made by photoengraving using several colours, highlighting the technology of the Japanese printing industry.
Rome 1960 Poster Rome 1960 Poster It is made up of a Roman she-wolf, from which Remus and Romulus, founders of the city of Rome, are suckling, on top of a column. On this, there is a victorious athlete being crowned in accordance with Roman custom; around him, people dressed in togas cheering him.
Melbourne 1956 Poster Melbourne 1956 Poster It is in the form of an invitation card folded three times. On the first flap, the Olympic rings, in the background of the third flap, the arms of the city of Melbourne.
Helsinki 1952 Poster Helsinki 1952 Poster It was the Paavo Nurmi poster, created for the 1940 Games, which were never held because of the Second World War. It was just updated with the dates and the lines around the countries, drawn in red on a globe in the background.
London 1948 Poster It takes up the theme of the emblem i.e. the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament. The hands of the famous "Big Ben" are pointing to 4 o'clock, the time at which the opening of the Games was planned- accompanied by the Olympic rings. In the foreground, there was the drawing of the statue of the "Discobolus" (classical icon of the discus thrower from Ancient Greece).
Berlin 1936 Poster A competition was held for the design of the poster, but none of the entries were satisfactory. The publicity committee commissioned different artists and finally chose the project of Mr Wurbel, that became the official poster.It features the Quadriga from the Brandenburg Gate, a landmark of the city of Berlin. In the background is the figure of a wreathed victor, his arm raised in the Olympic salute, symbolising Olympic sport.
Los Angeles 1932 Poster The poster symbolizes the ancient custom which consisted in sending a Greek athlete to announce the celebration of the next Olympiad and to request the cessation of hostilities. The modern young sportsman presents the laurel of peace.
Amsterdam 1928 Poster It shows a runner in action holding a laurel branch, symbol of victory. In the bottom part, wavy lines in red, white and blue represent the colours of the Dutch national flag.
Paris 1924 Poster It shows semi-naked athletes, a reminder of Antiquity, making the Olympic salute. In the background, the flag of the French Republic. In the foreground, palm leaves, symbols of victory.
Antwerp 1920 Poster It represents the flags of the participating nations all flying together. In the top right, the coat of arms of the organising city. In the centre, a discobolus, a reference to the Games of Antiquity. In the background, the city of Antwerp with the Tower of Notre Dame.
Stockholm 1912 Poster It represents the parade of nations, each athlete carrying a twirling flag and all going towards a common goal- the Olympic Games. The nudity of the athletes was a reference to the Games of Antiquity, although it was judged as too "daring" by some managers and not distributed in some countries.
London 1908 Poster It represents the Olympic stadium in Shepherd's Bush. Behind the high jump, in the centre, the swimming pool and cinder track.
St Louis 1904 Poster It shows a view of the host city, enhanced by the use of a "fish's eye" effect. It is the reproduction of the cover of the programme of the Games.
Paris 1900 Poster During the 1900 Universal Exhibition, certain events of international physical exercise and sports competitions were recognised as Olympic and made up the programme of the second modern Olympic Games. Several posters were created-athletics, rowing, cycling, fencing and gymnastics. Here, a female fencer holding in her right hand the three traditional weapons- foil, sword and sabre.
Athens 1896 Poster No official poster was made for the 1896 Olympic Games, but the cover page of the official report is often used to refer to the Games of the I Olympiad. The inscription "776-1896", like the drawing as a whole: the Olympic stadium in a newly designed horseshoe shape, the Acropolis, the girl personifying the goddess Athena and presenting the branch of wild olive intended for the victor, mark the bond between the Games of Antiquity and the first Games of the modern era.
Last updated on: March 17, 2016