Everything that distinguished director Zhang Yimou’s famed opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympics feels either lacking or missing altogether here.
Japan’s Offbeat Olympics Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony is a giant “Welcome!” party thrown by the host country. How did Japan welcome the world this year?
Giant Balloon Face Floats Over Tokyo
The eerie aerial piece was created by the artist collective 目 (“Mé”) and features an anonymous face chosen from over 1,000 submissions.
Chris Ofili and Naoki Urasawa Among Artists to Create Posters for 2020 Olympics
Twenty posters to commemorate the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medals Will Be Made from Recycled Gadgets
The Medal Project will mine gold, silver, and bronze from nearly 50,000 tons of donated e-waste.
Dismantling the Myths of Sports
BERLIN — Today, more than ever, athletes are presented as role models.
The Wind-Powered Kinetic Sculpture Pulsing Behind the Olympic Cauldron
The kinetic sculpture behind the Rio 2016 Olympic cauldron is so hypnotic you might not have noticed the flame itself is rather tiny compared to past games.
The 2016 Rio Olympics Medals Embrace Sustainable Design
Athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympics will be taking home bits of recycled mirrors, car parts, and X-ray plates in their medals as part of design aimed at sustainability.
Crimes of the Art
On this week’s art crime blotter: A €25-million Picasso painting is seized aboard a superyacht, the designer of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games logo is accused of plagiarism, and a hitchhiking robot is destroyed.
The Smithsonian Begins Talks to Create Its First International Venue in London
As part of a major reuse project for London’s Olympic Park, the Smithsonian Institution may create its first long-term, overseas exhibition venue.
The Fight for Japan’s Modernist Architecture
Tokyo’s skyline has been increasingly crowded by construction cranes since Japan’s winning bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games.
Of All Stripes: Designing the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics
The 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics were visually defined by a palette barely touched by patriotic red, white, and blue. Rather, designer Deborah Sussman — with her husband, architect Paul Prejza — colored the city with environmental graphics that buoyantly exuded the hues of the diverse cultures in LA.