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Madagascar at the Exhibition Expo Paris 1937
© H. Chipault
Architect(s) : Veissière et Collet de Cantelou

The pavilion consisted first of all of a house of a rich Malagasy.

This theme was intended to showcase all the possibilities of the artists and craftsmen.

Therefore, the pavilion was composed, furnished and decorated with works of art made in Madagascar by Malagasy hands with Malagasy materials.

The furniture was a faithful reproduction of rare pieces adorning the palaces of Tananarive.

You could also see, in the music room, the massive Empire style bed used by King Andianampoinimerina in his primitive hut.

On the first floor, a gallery allowed you to see the work of various craftsmen.

In the corridors and under the verandas there was an exhibition of handicrafts.

Some of the stands were occupied by mannequins dressed in local costumes, including "lambas" and raban shirts.

Toys animated the children's room and a Malagasy orchestra, at certain times, played pieces performed on musical instruments made on the island.

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