Brussels International Exposition (1935)
|EXPO Brussels 1935|
Palais des Expositions
|Category||First category General Exposition|
|Name||Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Bruxelles|
|Building||Palais des Expositions|
|Area||150 hectares (370 acres)|
|Organized by||Joseph van Neck|
|Opening||April 27, 1935|
|Closure||November 25, 1935|
|Previous||Century of Progress in Chicago|
|Next||Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in Paris|
|Next||ILIS 1936 in Stockholm|
Sanctioned by the Bureau of International Expositions, twenty-five countries officially participated, and another five unofficially represented. The theme was colonization, on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Congo Free State.
The fair attracted some twenty million visitors. Belgian architect Joseph Van Neck was the principal architect of the fair and of the Art Deco Palais des Expositions (Grand Palais), with its interior concrete parabolic arches, and its four heroic bronze statues on piers.
Among many other contributors, Le Corbusier designed part of the French exhibit, and the Belgian modernist architect Victor Bourgeois designed the Grand Palace, the Leopold II Restaurant and the Soprocol Pavilion. The Belgian art exposition prominently displayed the work of Belgian artists Paul Delvaux and René Magritte, boosting their careers.
The Palais des Expositions and at least three other of the 1935 structures were re-used for Expo '58.
- Michel MARY, Adrien Van der Burch, Commissaire général près l'Exposition Universelle et Internationale Bruxelles 1935 in Annales du Cercle royal d'histoire et d'archéologie du Canton de Soignies, XXXVII, 2004;