Götz Kluge

Götz Kluge

Posted on 08/11/2014


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Danse
Olympics
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Henri Matisse
Rio 2016
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Dancing in Rio 2016

Dancing in Rio 2016 

=== left ===
Logo of Olympic games, Rio 2016

=== right ===
Artist: Henri Matisse
Year: 1909
Type: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 259.7 cm × 390.1 cm (102.2 in × 153.6 in)
Location: Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_%28Matisse%29#mediaviewer/File:La_danse_%28I%29_by_Matisse.jpg (uploaded by Fentener van Vlissingen)
See also: www.ipernity.com/doc/laurieannie/24054645

=== Links ===
¤ Discussion: www.google.com/search?q=danse+matisse+olympic+2016
¤ Images: www.google.com/search?q=danse+matisse&num=100&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X

angelic saxon, Don Sutherland have particularly liked this photo


8 comments - The latest ones
Götz Kluge
Götz Kluge
This is not my discovery. There already was lots of discussion about this:
The logo might be an allusion to Matisse's danse although the designers deny it. In some cases how you deal with a pictorial quotation makes the difference between allusion and plagiarism. The question is how designers even with an average arts education could not feel reminded to Matisse's painting at least after they had created the logo. Nevertheless there remains the possibility that the creators of the logo didn't know Matisse's danse.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Awesome image.
3 years ago.
Götz Kluge
Götz Kluge
This is an example for an honest "allusion":
La Danse des Saucisses
Source: www.b3ta.com/board/11017551

Matisse - La Danse des Saucisses
From the Sausage Art challenge. (One out of 167 entries): www.b3ta.com/challenge/sausage-art/popular
Artist: monkeon schmonkeon www.monkeon.co.uk, Sat 5 Oct 2013, 16:15
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
The logo of the Rio games is realy fabulous ! The sausages.... less beautiful :o) and the Matisse, perfection of course !
3 years ago.
Steve Bucknell
Steve Bucknell
It seems to echo Matisse too directly, without tapping into the rich Brazilian traditions of dance. It just feels derivative, lazy and unimaginative. It probably suits the corporate behemoth the Olympics has become.
3 years ago.
Götz Kluge has replied to Steve Bucknell
Yes, it looks like a quite direct re-use of Matisse's painting. Whether plagiarism or not, I too don't like the logo.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Götz Kluge
Götz Kluge
" [...] Rio, on the other hand, seems to have gone too far in the other direction. If London is all bared teeth, Rio rolls over and wants us to tickle its tummy. Each organising committee requirement is present and correct: happy amorphous dancing people of the type seen in so many logos before (and, yes, as also seen in Matisse), soft edges where London is jagged and city landmark front and centre (though, I admit, I wouldn't have recognised the Sugarloaf unprompted). [...]"
Source: Rio 2016 Olympics logo: a closer look, by Patrick Burgoyne, 4 January 2011, 21:11
www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2011/january/rio-2016-logo-longer-look
3 years ago.
Götz Kluge
Götz Kluge
- Henri Matisse (1909): Integration into a still life, www.google.com/search?q=dance+matisse+still-life+1909&tbm=isch
- George Segal (1971-1973): The Dancers, www.google.com/search?q=%22George+Segal%22+%22The+Dancers%22&tbm=isch
- Roy Lichtenstein (1974): The Dance, href="www.google.com/search?q=lichtenstein+dance+matisse&tbm=isch

See also p. 108-109 in Art about Art (1978) by Jean Lipman and Richard Marshall
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.