Relics of the Worlds Fairs: Brussels
After visiting Paris, Chicago, Barcelona, New York City, Montreal, St. Louis, Melbourne, andSeattle, Atlas Obscura’s next stop in our tour of World’s Fair relics is Brussels, host to four World’s Fairs. As with most other cities, only a handful of relics survive — but one of them still turns heads today.
Brussels’ first fair in 1897 — the Brussels International, or Exposition Internationale de Bruxelles — left a definite impact on art history, as the fair planners used an Art Nouveau style for all the fair’s architecture and advertising, helping to promote the then-new art movement. The one building from 1897 still standing is the intriguingly-named Temple of Human Passions. The Temple is actually a pavilion meant to show off ”Human Passions,” a huge marble relief mural depicting various human obsessions, with unsavory acts such as war and rape among more startling pursuits.
For more relics from Brussels’ Worlds Fairs, keep reading on Atlas Obscura…