The History of World Expositions

The Paris World Exposition 1937
In the shadow of the war

Year: 1937
City: Paris
Country: France
Duration: 25th May - 25th November 1937


After eight years of turbulent preparation, the last world exhibition to take place in Paris opened on May 25th 1937, under the shadow of the growing power of European dictatorships, whose pompous architecture was on display there. In particular, the confrontation of the pavilion of Nazi Germany with that of the Soviet Union – both characterised by a stiff monumentalism – were in direct opposition to the aim of the exhibition, which was to encourage peaceful co-existence and co-operation among nations. Other buildings, such as the Pavilion of Flight with its dynamic planes and the emphatically down-to-earth Spanish pavilion, in which Picasso’s protest painting “Guernica” hung, presented a modern concept of architecture which contrasted sharply with the gesticulating of the two dictatorships.

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