french exposition


The Parisian Exposition Universelle de 1867 was a public event that drew crowds from all over the globe to see wonders of artistic and industrial talent. Following the British exposition of 1862, the French planned for five years to create an exposition that exemplified their ideals of progress and peace. Government programs demolished old buildings, widened the streets, and expanded plumbing and gas lines below the streets to give the city an updated look and feel.

Although the Exposition Universelle featured everything from innovations of the iron industry to walk-through replicas of palaces, Art Journal’s Illustrated Catalogue of the Universal Exhibition focuses on art pieces to create a publication as grand as its subject matter.

Exposition universelle de 1867 à Paris. (1868). The illustrated catalogue of the Universal Exhibition. London: Virtue and Co.

From the Memorial Collection, University of South Florida Libraries

2e Exposition des Peintres Lithographes, 1900. Fernand Louis Gottlob (French, 1873-1935) . Original Print. Printer: Chaix - Paris.

Gottlob was one of the participants of the exhibition. The design is most interesting, featuring a woman going through a display cradle of prints. The shadows on the front of her dress and the use of bright yellow in the background create the effect of backlighting and give the scene an air of intimacy it would otherwise lack.


Exposition Universelle | Via

To mark the 100-year anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, France held a spectacular World’s Fair, called the Exposition Universelle, in 1889.

As a welcome for visitors, a colossal entrance arch was constructed near the banks of the Seine: the Eiffel Tower.

Dozens of ornate pavilions and exhibition halls were erected across 240 acres, containing displays of art, crafts, industry, machines and new inventions.

In addition to showing off French achievements, the exposition also displayed exhibits from around the world, including South America, Africa and Asia.

Shutdown of Exhibit B has thrust anxieties about racism to the fore – the debate must go on

Exhibit B was a live performance staged by non-professional black actors. These actors were “displayed” in a series of 13 “tableaux vivants” that recall the troubling history of human zoos. 

These were integral to the British and French imperial expositions of the 19th and early 20th centuries, that evidently provoked slavery and hatred against Blacks in America. The wave of racism on African-Americans lasts till these days.

Exhibit B was not made to make anyone feel guilty, but to teach them. People are familiar with slavery in America and the Holocaust, but Exhibit B tells the stories of those who are not recognized for what they went through, living in America and Europe.

Unfortunately, the exposition was closed because of indignations from the side of “white community”, therefore we couldn’t see it in AmericaWe were denied our right to see it due to the censorship!!!
Art critic Brent Meersman said the campaign spread like wildfire through social media.
“To be honest the reaction has been quite racist,” Meersman was quoted as saying.

But Black Lives still Matter!!!