It was long before the World Cup started when Pérez Art Museum Miami opened “The World’s Game”, group exhibition uniting soccer (or fútbal, in Spanish) and contemporary art. With the competitions heating up, however, there are no excuses not to visit the show, which not only commemorates the spectacle of convening nations but also reflects Miami’s diverse population through the sport’s transnational nature.
Bringing together more than 40 artists, including Jaime Lauriano, “The World’s Game” reflects on the role of soccer in society by either engaging social and political issues or depicting the common humanity built around the sport. Some works venerate soccer by directly referencing its vibrant essence of spectacle. Others explore how the sport acts as a platform for discussions about nationalism and globalism. Collectively, the exhibition celebrates the commonality of human experience through a sport that embodies one of the few common languages worldwide.
Featuring a variety of mediums—including painting, sculpture, photography, and video—the exhibition aims to create an experience in which the viewer employs the universal game to engage with the works of contemporary artists from around the world. See some of the artworks featured in the show:
“The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art”
On view from April 13th through September 2nd, 2018