Brussels World and International Exhibition 1958 - Expo58

Review of the world for a more human world

April 17, 1958 - October 19, 1958

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USA at the Exhibition Expo Brussels 1958

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Architect(s) : E. D. Stone

This pavilion was one of the largest circular constructions in the world: 364 m in circumference, 116 m in diameter, 30 m high.

Its dimensions were approximately those of the Colosseum in Rome.

The exhibition there reflected life in the United States. It focused on "American Humanism" and showed "the continuous effort the United States is making to improve the way of life.

In order for you to get to know them better" the Americans presented familiar scenes of their lives: the urban landscape of a street, the interior of a home and the life that goes on there.

The details that captured the American atmosphere were selected in this way.

In addition, you could see the progress made in your social, scientific and industrial fields.

In the social field, you could judge, for example, the organisation of public schools, the development of means of communication, town planning.

"Research for the benefit of mankind" was the theme of the scientific presentation, which ranged from the peaceful use of atomic energy, through the development of automation, to the fight against national plagues: floods, storms, etc...

The number of works of art on display - sculpture, painting, architecture, graphic arts - will show you that culture is not a dead letter in the United States; in fact it is very much alive. A programme of all cultural activities - stage art, contemporary dance, tragedy, modern opera, musicals - presented by the greatest American artists, proved this to you if you went to the enormous 1,100-seat theatre adjacent to the pavilion.

Have you heard of the "Circarama", this cinematic novelty? On a 360° circular screen, you could experience America, its people and cities, its landscapes...

© Guide Officiel Exposition Universelle de Bruxelles 1958 - Desclée & Co