Exposition Internationale des arts et techniques dans la vie moderne
1937 Paris France
Theme: Arts and Technics in Modern Life
World Exhibition in Paris in 1937 was one of the most spectacular cultural events of the twentieth century. 1937 held the last in a line of French World Exposition in Paris.
This exposition showed the madness from totalitarian aesthetics from Germany, Italy and the Soviet Union. NSDAP gave funds to the construction of the German pavilion and it was designed by the young architect Albert Speer. He designed the German pavilion so the giant eagle (with the swastika at the top of the stone colossus) looked as if the raptor was looking at the opposite Soviet pavilion. The Russian pavilion showed the hammer and sickle adorn the walls along with representations of the leader. The Italians emphasized the Roman heritage, combined with clean modernism of empty spaces.
In contrast the Spanish pavilion had the painting Guernica by Pablo Picasso. The famous painting illustrated the German terror bombing of the Spanish town of Guernica during the then ongoing Spanish Civil War.
The Swedes showed art glass at the World Expo 1937th. There they witness the exhibited glasses fell and was crushed when the metro passed under the pavilion. It was almost like a bad sign of the future. This was 2 years before the second World War.