The period between the liberal revolutions of 1848 and the outbreak of World War II in 1939 (that began the decline of the so-called "golden age" of the capitalist system and of the supremacy of the "old continent" over the rest of the world), even though in different ways, it was characterized by a new economic and technological environment of western civilization that recognized the most suitable locations for commercial and political propaganda initiatives in major international and national exhibitions, as well as regional and colonial ones.The origin of colonial exhibitions, which started quietly and not without considerable delay, is purely connected to trade. It manifested itself initially only in the economically strongest area overseas, beginning with the Colonial Exhibition in Melbourne in 1866. Totally foreign to the local cultures of the dominated populations, they focused on agricultural production, zootechnics and the mining of overseas resources. They were, in fact, colonial trade fairs intended as great emporiums.However, free from the constraints of formality of the dominant nations, the food and catering halls at colonial expositions, as a subsidiary sector, proved to be optimal project workshops, both for exotic, hyperbolic creations and for innovative experimentation with new architectural forms.
|Numero di pagine||24|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2014|