Fútbol: The Beautiful Game

BCAM, Level 3
February 2, 2014–July 20, 2014

The exhibition examines football—nicknamed "the beautiful game" by one sports commentator—and its significance in societies around the world. As a subject, football touches on issues of nationalism and identity, globalism and mass spectacle, as well as the common human experience shared by spectators from many cultures. Celebrating the sport on the eve of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the exhibition includes approximately thirty artists from around the world who work in video, photography, painting and sculpture. Two room-sized video installations—Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, by the artists Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon, and Volta by Stephen Dean—anchor the exhibition. Other works by artists including Miguel Calderon (whose 2004 video Mexico v. Brasil represents a 17-0 victory for Mexico), Robin Rhode, Kehinde Wiley, and Andy Warhol provide a sense of the miraculous possibilities of the sport as universal conversation piece. See full artist list.

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This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Presented by:
Support is provided by Mehran and Laila Taslimi, with additional funding from the Wallis Annenberg Director's Endowment Fund.
In-kind media partners: Univision 34 and La Opinión

Image: Kehinde Wiley, Samuel Eto'o, 2010, Roberts & Tilton Gallery, © Kehinde Wiley, Image courtesy of Kehinde Wiley, and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California.

Andy Warhol
Mexico vs Brasil
Miguel Calderon
Robin Rhode
Stephen Dean

Round Leather Worlds

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Interview with Curator Franklin Sirmans—Fútbol: The Beautiful Game

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