LACMA Presents “Fútbol: The Beautiful Game”


An artist who duped Brazilians into thinking their side had lost 17-0 to Mexico is among those featured in a new exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, “Fútbol: The Beautiful Game.” The documentary Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait is a central piece in the exhibition of works by up to thirty artists – among them Andy Warhol’s depiction of Pelé.

In September 2004, Mexican artist Miguel Calderón secretly placed a TV set in a bar in Sao Paulo. When a game came on the screen, Brazil were playing against Mexico to the surprise of the customers who were unaware of the fixture. Surprise turned to shock as the Selecao apparently slumped to a 17-0 defeat. Calderón had carefully re-edited past games between the teams to create an art piece that formed part of the Sao Paulo Art Biennal festival.

etoo lacmaCalderón’s creation is among almost 50 works included in the “Fútbol: The Beautiful Game” exhibition at the LACMA. The diverse media featured includes video, photography, painting, and sculpture. The exhibition explores football through issues such as “nationalism and identity, globalism and mass spectacle, as well as the common human experience shared by spectators from many cultures.” LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States and attracts nearly a million visitors annually

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 which runs from 2 February until July 20.

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait is a documentary following the French great during the La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Villarreal CF from April 23, 2005 at the Bernabeu and was filmed in real time using 17 synchronized cameras. In the final minutes of the match, Zidane was sent off for fighting. Watch the full movie here.

Below, LACMA curator Franklin Sirmans visits artist Chris Beas in his East Los Angeles studio to talk about fútbol myths and Manchester red. Beas work is included in the exhibition Fútbol: The Beautiful Game

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