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Pelé: Art, Life, Football Calendar

18 May 2017 - 4 March 2018


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Hermes XXI (Pantone 365C) Pedro Paricio, GICLEE ON CANVAS © Halcyon Gallery

The great Pelé is a player like no other. A global soccer superstar who helped define what it meant to be one of football's elite.

In his era, no player was as revered for his ability on the pitch or as closely-studied for his moves off it.

From a teenager with the world at his feet to a three-time World Cup winner sitting pretty in New York; the biggest star of the (NY) Cosmos.

Pelé: Art, Life, Football, looks at the stages of the Brazilian icon's life; from Santos to New York via 4 World Cups, through the eyes of artists and photographers around the world.

In addition to a superb collection of art inspired by the man, the National Football Museum has brought together iconic items from our own collection and those owned by private collectors to illustrate the life and career of the first man to truly transcend the global game.

“Pelé was one of the few who contradicted my theory: instead of 15 minutes of fame, he will have 15 centuries.” - Andy Warhol

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Three Times King (Sweden '58), Pedro Paricio © Halcyon Gallery

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Three Times King (Chile '62), Pedro Paricio © Halcyon Gallery

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Three Times King (Mexico '70), Pedro Paricio © Halcyon Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pelé: Art. Life, Football is presented in association with Halcyon Gallery.

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Check out some of the key objects featured in Pelé: Art. Life, Football, in our online exhibition, here: nationalfootballmuseum.com/exhibitions/pele-art-life-football