‘Exposition Universelle’ Paris 1900

The Exposition Universelle of 1900, (1900 Paris Exposition), was a world’s fair held in Paris, France, from 14 April to 12 November 1900. It celebrated the achievements of the past century and to accelerate development into the next. It was held at the esplanade of Les Invalides, the Champ de Mars, the Trocadéro and at the banks of the Seine. There was an additional section in the Bois de Vincennes. It was visited by more than 50 million people. Many international congresses and other events were held within the framework of the Exposition, including the 1900 Summer Olympics.

Panorama of 'Exposition Universelle' Paris 1900
Panorama of ‘Exposition Universelle’ Paris 1900

The contents of the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs (UCAD) Pavilion, which included works by leading French designers; Hector Guimard, Louis Majorelle and Émile Gallé, Samuel Bing. Bing’s Parisian gallery, L’Art Nouveau provided a name for a movement. His six-roomed Pavillion showed French designers’ furniture and decorations, most notably Georges du Feure, Eugène Gaillard, and Édouard Colonna

Grand entrance, Exposition Universal, 1900, Paris
Grand entrance, Exposition Universal, 1900, Paris

French manufacturers of decorative arts, included Sèvres Porcelain, and Gobelins Tapestryworks. The widespread use of electricity for the Château d’Eau and Pavilion d’Électricité fountains was a key modern aspect of the show.


Oxford University Press. (2004). A Dictionary of Modern Design (2nd ed.).

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