In Marks Schatten

Vincent Mitzev

29 Aug — 1 Sep 22

Olympic Swimming Center Munich

A swimmer doing freestyle in the Olympic swimming pool

Do it like Mark Spitz...go for it Vincent Mitzev! © Foto: Claudia Fischer

In a reenactment, artist Vincent Mitzev swims the seven Olympic gold medals of US champion Mark Spitz – exactly 50 years later.

Performance at the Olympic Swimming Center

In the performance “In Mark’s Shadow” (In Mark’s Shadow), artist Vincent Mitzev swims the seven Olympic gold medals of US champion Mark Spitz in a reenactment of this Olympic series of victories. Not to swim the exact time, but to give everything is the heart of the reenactment!

The performance recalls the serene time of the Games before the assassination of the Israeli athletes on 5/6 September 1972, without fading it out. Mark Spitz swam his last victory on 4 September before the catastrophe and, as a US citizen of Jewish origin, was flown out to the USA shortly after the kidnapping.

Vincent Mitzev’s performance is an homage to an exceptional athlete, as well as a personal approach to the Olympic spirit of competition, participation and diversity in all its fragility and threat.

At the performance, a reception committee welcomes the guests and guides them through the event. A small booklet available there provides additional information, photos and stories.

The preparations can now be followed on Vinzent Mitzev’s Instagram account: @vincent_mitzev_artist

The artist

Vincent Mitzev, born 1964 in Kazanlak/Bulgaria, lives and works in Munich.


Mon 29 Aug 22 from 8 – 9pm
Tue 30 Aug 22 from 7.30 – 8pm
Wed 31 Aug 22 from 6.30 – 7.30 pm
Thu 01 Sep 22 from 8 – 8.30 pm

Part of the 50th anniversary of the Munich Olympics


Olympic Swimming Center Munich

Coubertinplatz 1, 80809 München