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Arno Breker

Full name: Arno Breker
Gender: Male
Born: July 19, 1900 in Elberfeld, Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Died: February 13, 1991 in Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Art Competitions

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


Arno Breker was Germany's best young sculptor during the period of the Weimar Republic. In 1927 he went to Paris for further training, made friendships with the best artists of the city and won the 1932 Rome Prize of the Prussian Ministry of Culture, so that he could work a few years at the Villa Massimo. In 1934 he again worked in Germany. Germany’s best known sports administrator Carl Diem introduced Breker to the 22-year-old decathlete Gustav Stührk, who became Breker's favorite model. The sculpture "Decathlete" with which he earned the silver medal at the 1936 Olympic Games, today still stands in the Berlin Olympic Stadium in front of the entrance to the dome room. Reichs Chancellor Adolf Hitler was excited by Breker, who was first “decadent” for the Nazis, and gave him highly paid public jobs since 1935 and appointed him professor in 1937. Breker became the sculptor who best represented the Aryan people and shaped the new German monumental style. For the Nazis he was the best German sculptor of their age, and was given a large studio room in Berlin.

After World War II Breker was de-Nazified despite his commitment as a supporter of the Nazi regime. He settled in Düsseldorf, and although he could no longer gain public orders, he had many private commissions from industrialists and politicians. He also created sculptures of major German sports people, such as [Jürgen Hingsen], [Ulrike Nasse-Meyfarth] and [Walter Kusch].


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Art Competitions Mixed Sculpturing, Statues Germany GER AC
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Art Competitions Mixed Sculpturing, Statues Germany GER 2 Silver

Mixed Sculpturing, Statues

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Art Competitions Germany Final Standings AC Wettläufer
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Art Competitions Germany Final Standings 2 Zehnkämpfer
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