Art and Sports Merge this Spring at PAMM

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Kehinde Wiley. Samuel Eto’o, 2010. Oil on canvas. 72 x 60 inches.
Private Collection, courtesy the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles. Image courtesy the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles

When it comes to fútbol, residents of the 305 represent their favorite teams’ city-wide in a variety of ways. Flags wave proudly, jerseys are worn with honor, and game day traditions continue to stay strong.

Sports enthusiasts, this one is for you.

From April 12 through September 2, 2018, The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art will be on view at PAMM, a first for the Magic City. The World’s Game is an art-based exhibition on the subject of soccer, or fútbol, and its interactions with societies around the world. Planned to overlap with the 2018 World Cup, the exhibition will explore how the sport has stimulated artists to reflect upon its implications on society.

We’re thrilled to present more than 50 works by more than 30 artists including Andy Warhol, Vik Muniz, Kehinde Wiley, Miguel Calderon, Robin Rhode, Antoni Muntadas, Melanie Smith, and others with mediums ranging from video, photography, painting, and sculpture.

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Chris Beas. The Kidd’s Alright, 2008. Acrylic on canvas. 36 x 48 inches. Photo courtesy the artist

“The subject of fútbol, has been universally addressed by contemporary artists. Many of them engage with the game as a form of common connection between people around the world. This exhibition highlights the intersection of popular culture and fine art and presents the art of the game as much as the game of art,” said PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans.

Sport is one of the few places where we find allegiance across the globe. The fans of Real Madrid or Barcelona span the entire world.

Through visual art, PAMM seeks to present the art form of soccer—a place where social, cultural, and political issues of identity, nationalism, globalism, and mass spectacle play out vibrantly. The exhibition celebrates the commonality of human experience through a sport that has been one of the few common languages worldwide.

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Lyle Ashton Harris, Verona #1, 2001. Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 inches.
Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, gift of Robert Crane and Shirley Muñoz. Photo by Sid Hoeltzell

Celebrate the opening of The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art with an evening of music, dance, and performance on April 12 from 6 to 11 pm. RSVP to the opening celebration here.

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