International Exhibition of Decorative Arts of 1925This resin reproduction of a sculpture by Sarrabezolles (1888-1971), the original of which was d... Read More
ON THE TRAIL OF INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
From the Trocadéro Gardens (16th district) to the Town Hall of the 12th district
Whether they were universal (1855, 1878, 1889, 1900) or international (1925 Exhibition of Decorative Arts, 1931 Colonial Exhibition, 1937 Exhibition of Art and Technology), these major exhibitions, which aroused the curiosity of the crowds and inspired the minds of the public, have entered our modern imaginations. It seems that the authorities regularly debated the future of the buildings after each event. It took almost fifty years for the Palais de l’Industrie, constructed for the 1855 Universal Exhibition, to be destroyed. The famous Gallery of Machines built by Ferdinand Dutert survived two exhibitions (1889, 1900) and was only destroyed in 1910. The City of Paris was particularly good at finding a use for its own constructions. One of the two pavilions occupied by the municipal services in 1889 was rebuilt at the end of Rue La Fontaine and housed part of the City’s art collections for almost a century. The 1878 pavilion had a shorter lifespan. It was rebuilt on the side of the Palais de l’Industrie and was the main municipal exhibition gallery until it was demolished just before 1900.
Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that several remnants of these fleeting décors are currently scattered around the city, even though we do not always know why they are there. Their presence is poignant yet necessary, as they invite us to reflect on the passage of time and remind us for an instant of the optimism they brought.
Steps in this Itinerary
Universal Exhibition of 1900This colossal bas-relief created by the sculptor Alexandre Charpentier and made of polychrome stoneware bricks by Emile... Read More
Universal Exhibition of 1878Four ceramic panels, representing Architecture, Sculpture, Painting and Pottery, decorate the base of the façade’s bays... Read More
International Exhibition of Arts and Technology of 1937In 1937, the lower squares of Modern Art Museums were redesigned, inspired by Roman villas. ... Read More