Gothenburg, Sweden Exhibition (1923)

The Gothenburg Tercentennial Jubilee Exhibition (Swedish Jubileumsutställningen I Göteborg) was a world fair held in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1923, marking the 300th anniversary of the city’s establishment. The fair, which opened on 8 May, lasted until 30 September.

Albert Einstein giving his official Nobel Lecture in the congress hall during the exhibition, after being awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Exhibits and constructions

Liseberg, an established gardening area, was one site. It was opened to the public for the show, housed a variety of pavilions, including an industrial art building, an export exhibition, a congress hall and a machine hall and amusement rides, including a carousel. 

The Arts and Craft Pavilion was designed by Hakon Ahlberg and the Arts Exhibition Pavilion by the architects Sigfrid Ericson (1879-1958) and Arvid Bjerke (1880-1952). The artist David Wallin had a solo exhibition here including his paintings Summer and Springtime in the Forest.

Heritage

Gothenburg 1923 Exhibition Reconstruction

The site of Liseberg has become an amusement park and is now Sweden’s most frequently visited tourist site with 3 million visitors per year.

The exhibition arts building is now the Göteborgs Konsthall, the contemporary art gallery near the exhibition’s Götaplatsen Square.

Source

Wikipedia contributors. (2020, December 6). Gothenburg Exhibition (1923). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 00:52, December 17, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gothenburg_Exhibition_(1923)&oldid=992692880

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