Cultures of International Exhibitions 1840-1940 Great Exhibitions in the Margins
Beyond the great exhibitions, expositions universelles and world fairs in London, Paris or Chicago, numerous smaller, yet ambitious exhibitions took place in provincial cities and towns across the world. Focusing on the period between 1840 and 1940, this volume takes a novel look at the exhibitionary cultures of this period and examines the motivations, scope, and impact of lesser-known exhibitions in, for example, Australia, Japan, Brazil, as well as a number of European countries. The individual case studies included explore the role of these exhibitions in the global exhibitionary network and consider their ’marginality’ related to their location and omission by academic research so far. The chapters also highlight a number of important issues from regional or national identities, the role of modernisation and tradition, to the relationship between capital cities and provincial towns present in these exhibitions. They also address the key topic of colonial exhibitions as well as the displays of arts and design in the context of the so-called marginal fairs. Cultures of International Exhibitions 1840-1940: Great Exhibitions in the Margins therefore opens up new angles in the way the global phenomenon of a great exhibition can be examined through the prism of the regional, and will make a vital contribution to those interested in exhibition studies and related fields.
'For much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, international exhibitions served as a major testing ground for new ideas in manufacturing, art, and design. This fine work, with essays by noted scholars from an impressive array of countries and backgrounds, explores a largely overlooked aspect of this phenomenon: those exhibitions held not in the great European or American urban centers, but on the periphery, in cities and countries outside what is conventionally regarded as the mainstream. Insightful, wide-ranging, and innovative in its approaches, it is a seminal study of the concepts of marginality and locality and their import.'
- Christopher Long, University of Texas, Austin, USA
'This is a rich collection of essays full of new and original research on international exhibitions by a suitably international group of authors. Making connections between these exhibitions "in the margins" and the wider national and international landscapes of world fairs and great exhibitions, the essays in this book have the potential to expand greatly our understanding of the dynamic "exhibition network" that operated across the globe in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Even scholars who are very familiar with the literature on great exhibitions will be surprised by the number and diversity of events discussed in the chapters of this book.'
- Sarah Victoria Turner, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, UK
'While the literature on the history of major international exhibitions between the 1850s and 1930s in the West is trendy and flourishing, there are scarce accounts on what preceded them and even less so on how they influenced similar developments in national and global contexts. The recently published collection of essays ... edited by Marta Filipová, is an important step in filling these gaps. ... That is to say, “discovering” the new geographical regions of international exhibitions, examination of their similarities and specific raison d'être, is the strength of this volume.'
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