International Exhibitions

A world's fair, world fair, world expo, universal exposition, or international exposition (sometimes expo or Expo for short) is a large international exhibition designed to showcase achievements of nations. These exhibitions vary in character and are held in different parts of the world. .. The first era, the era of "industrialization", roughtly covered the years from 1800 to 1938. In these days, world expositions were largely focused on trade and displayed technological advances and inventions. World expositions were platforms for state-of-the-art science and technology from around the world. (wiki)

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Belfries World's Fair 1913 Ghent: its Belfry was renovated for that occasion, and a new spire was erected
Budapest Heroes' Square - Millenium Exhibition 1896
Independence Hall The current bell at Independence Hall, "Centennial Bell", was made for the Centennial International Exhibition of 1876, the first official World's Fair in the United States.
Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt "The colony was expanded during successive international exhibitions in 1901, 1904, 1908 and 1914." – "Four pioneering and internationally acclaimed building exhibitions were held between 1901 and 1914." (Official description)
Paris, Banks of the Seine Champs de Mars "Exposition Universelle"- 1855, 1867 (with Palais du Trocadero), 1878, 1889 (with Eiffel Tower) and 1900. "Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la vie Moderne" 1937 (with new Palais de Chaillot on site of Palais du Trocadero)
Royal Exhibition Building Royal Exhibtion building 1880
The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier "the Maisons de la Weissenhof-Siedlung that became known worldwide, as part of the Werkbund exhibition" (Official description)
Tower of Hercules The "image of renovation, change and progress was what influenced the Government of Spain to send a model of the Tower of Hercules lighthouse to the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1869 as an example of the new engineering projects that were being undertaken in the country. This international forum was chosen to display the new value that had been conferred upon the Tower of Hercules, not only on a regional and national level, but also internationally. This task of publicising the monument was completed by the presentation of the same model at the Universal Exhibition of Vienna in 1873." (Executive Summary, p. VI)
Uxmal In 1930 Frans Blom led a Tulane University expedition to the site. They made plaster casts of the façades of the "Nunnery Quadrangle"; using these casts, a replica of the Quadrangle was constructed and displayed at the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, Illinois. (wiki)
Venice and its Lagoon Biennale


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