Creating a surrealist experiment: Salvador Dalí’s ‘Dream of Venus’ at World Expo 1939 New York

World Expo 1939 New York

Opening on 30 April 1939, New York’s World Expo 1939 promoted “Building the World of Tomorrow” in a period marked by the Great Depression and spectre of upcoming war. While many futuristic pavilions and displays enthralled visitors, one of the most outlandish was ‘The Dream of Venus’, a surrealist funhouse created by Salvador Dalí. On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Expo and the 30th anniversary of the artist’s death, Montse Aguer, the Director of the Dalí Museums, recounts how the pavilion transgressed the modernism of the Expo and explains the significance of this work to Dali’s personal vision.

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XXII Triennale di Milano – Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival

La Triennale di Milano © Gianluca Di Ioia

The XXII Triennale di Milano, themed “Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival” will open to the public on 1 March 2019. In an interview with the BIE, the President of the Triennale di Milano Foundation, Stefano Boeri, and the Curator of the XXII Triennale, Paola Antonelli, explain how this 22nd edition will explore the role of design in addressing the compromised bonds that connect humans to the natural environment.

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Points of View: Nation Branding at World Expos

Points of View: Nation Branding at World Expos

For participating countries, World Expos are major platforms for national branding, offering a unique opportunity to showcase themselves to a large public audience. With almost two years until the next World Expo in Dubai, the BIE interviews Ambassador Nicolas Bideau, Head of Presence Switzerland, Dietmar Schmitz, Commissioner General for Germany at Expo 2020 Dubai, and Dr. Jian (Jay) Wang, director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, to gain three different insights into nation branding at World Expos.

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Eye of the Needle: “Spacelift” for Seattle’s Expo icon

The Space Needle. Courtesy of Chad Copeland

Seattle’s iconic Space Needle – built as the centrepiece of World Expo 1962 – recently unveiled a dramatic $100 million “spacelift”, notably featuring a revamped observation deck and the world’s first revolving glass floor. On this occasion, the BIE interviewed Knute Berger, consulting historian at the Space Needle and Seattle-based author, journalist and commentator.

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L’Atomium : d’un élément phare à une icône

© Atomium. Christophe Licoppe

La Belgique célèbre cette année le 60e anniversaire de l’Exposition Universelle de 1958. Dans un entretien au BIE, Henri Simons, directeur de l’Atomium et du ADAM - Brussels Design Museum, explique pourquoi cet événement a marqué plusieurs générations et engendre aujourd’hui encore un réel engouement.

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Les points de vue exprimés dans cette rubrique sont celles de contributeurs externes à l'Organisation et ne reflètent pas nécessairement l'avis et la position du BIE