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Paris International Exposition of Art and Technology in Modern Life, 1937

 Collection — Container: MS 39478
Call Number: MS 5058

Scope and Contents

The twenty-four silver plated photographs in this collection are of the German and Soviet pavilions that were built for the International Exposition of Art and Technology in Modern life, which was held in Paris from May-November, 1937. The German pavilion, considered an achievement in Nazi architecture, was designed by Albert Speer. Boris Iofan designed the Soviet pavilion, which embodied Stalinist architecture. Also included are photographs of the pavilions at night, panoramic views of the two pavilions with the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadéro and various fountains and gardens.


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Chronology (selected events):

May 1937 - Exposition opens to the public. International Floralies show is held on exposition grounds. Motorboat races on the Seine takes place. Dance Festival. Horse Racing. Rebirth of the City. Midsummer Night's Dream is performed in the gardens of Bagatelle. Centenary of the Arc de Triomphe is celebrated. World Championship Boxing Matches.

November 1937 - Closes after six months and 32 million visitors.


24.00 Items (0.5 cubic feet)

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Method of Acquisition

Purchased from Leonid Winestein in 2006.

Processing Information

Finding aid was written by Laura Hoff, November 2009.

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