1900 Paris Exposition Universelle


Duration: Open date 15 April until 12 November 1900
50 861 000 people attended the fair (39 027 000 paid)
Size 553 acres
Profit: FF 7.1 million

The exhibition fields in Exposition Universelle 1900 had now grown to entire cities of pavilions, halls and buildings.


Thomas Edison film from the exposition

Tracking shot from the moving Boardwalk at Paris World Exposition


Trailer of Paris Exposition Universelle
3-D reconstruction

One of the first electric cars at 1900 Paris Exhibition Universelle

The  engineer Ferdinand Porsche from the wagon factory Lohners in Vienna shows an electric automobile at the expo. Electromobile, as his creative vehicle called, has two electric motors, one at each front wheel. The heavy lead battery weighs 410 kg and offers a range of 50 kilometers. Porsche has later gone down in history as the man behind the world’s most-produced car – the Volkswagen beetle. If you want to know more about electric cars you should visit to www.rollingcar.com.

The Swedish pavilion
Sweden’s pavilion at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900 by architect Ferdinand Boberg and it had a high wooden structure.

Finnish pavilion
The Finnish pavilion was partly the result of a reaction of the intellectuals and friends of Finland in the so-called February Manifesto 1899, which meant that the Tsar’sgrasp of the Grand Duchy hardened.

The Russian side wanted to place fine art in the Russian department, but the exhibition Commissioner Albert Edelfelt managed to negotiate that Finland had its own pavilion. The Finnish pavilion “Isidor” was designed by Eliel Saarinen. The interior was decorated by many famous artists. The pavilion gave the impression of being built of stone but in fact comprised of a log frame covered with plastered plasterboard. The entrance to the Finnish pavilion was surrounded by text SECTION RUSS PAVILLON FINLANDAIS SECTION Russ. Most postcards and pictures of the pavilion retouched the  text SECTION Russ. Even the French press, supported Finland’s aspirations for national independence.

The finish composer Sibelius represented Finland at the World Exhibition in Paris.  Now it was important to show Europe that Finland was neither any Swedish or Russian province phenomenon but a separate country with its own peculiarities. Carpelan adviced Sibelius to compose an overture based on the Finnish situation. He also suggests the title: “Finlandia”.

The finish painter Pekka Halonen contributed to the expo with an absurd and classic painting of a poor woman who washes his clothes in the freezing cold water on the ice. The painting was seen as a monumental symbol of a struggling people in the Nordic winter.

Finland’s leading artists participated in the decoration of the pavilion, including Albert Edelfelt, Pekka Halonen, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Ville Vallgren, Juho Rissanen, Väinö Blomstedt, Magnus Enckell, Emil Wikström, Venny Soldan-Brofelt and Albert Gebhart.

Gallery from the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle


The correspondence between Carpelan and Sibelius
Source Svenska Central Arkivet

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