Century 21 Exposition - Seattle 1962

Man in the age of space travel

April 21, 1962 - October 21, 1962


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Fine Arts Pavilion

Fine Arts Pavilion at the Exhibition Expo Seattle 1962

© Courtesy of The Seattle Public Library ( http://www.spl.org/ )

Architect(s) : Kirk, Wallace, McKinley & Associates

The Fine Arts Exhibition at the Seattle World's Fair is the finest and most extensive collection of paintings, sculptures and art objects ever assembled in the West.

Exhibits range from ancient sculpture from the East to the most modern examples of abstract expressionism. Norman Davis, a Seattle businessman and art collector, is the director of the Fine Arts exhibition.

The Fine Arts Pavilion has five main galleries.

At the opening the Fine Arts exhibition will feature, in order of viewing: American Art since 1950; Masterpieces of Art; Art of the Ancient East; International Art since 1950; and Pacific Northwest Indian Art.

After September 3, the masterpieces in the exhibition will be replaced by Paintings and Sculptures of the Northwest; Adventures in Art-Exhibition of Ceramics, and Glass Objects and by an exhibition entitled Pacific Rim Country.


American Art since 1950:

A group of 80 paintings and 30 sculptures show examples of work by major American artists. Many of the paintings are large and demonstrate modern art in the field of abstract expressionism.

The works are by artists such as Shahn, O'Keefe, Pollock, Rothko and Tobey and by Graves, Callahan and Horiuchi for those from the Pacific Northwest.

The gallery was selected by Dr. Sam Hunter, Director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. The pieces are representative of trends in American art today.


Masterpieces of Art:

Some of the finest paintings and great masters are displayed in the spacious Masterpieces Gallery. Some 61 museums in the United States, Canada, France, the Republic of China, Japan and India have loaned 72 works of art for the four-month show at the Seattle World's Fair.

The paintings represent such masters as Titian, Michelangelo and Guardi for Italy; Fragonard, Cézanne and Renoir for France; Constable, Turner-Laurent for England; Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Van Dyke for Holland, and Homer, Marin and Demuth for the United States.

Dr. William Milliken, Director Emeritus of the Cleveland Museum of Art, assembled the masterpieces in the exhibition.


Art of the Ancient East:

The Seattle Art Museum, well known for its collections of Oriental art, loaned pieces from its collection for the Fine Arts Pavilion. Adjacent to the Oriental gallery is a selection of Tobey Mark paintings from the museum.


Art Since 1950, International:

Modern Art from Around the World is shown in a major collection of 120 paintings and 30 sculptures.

The international collection features the work of 34 artists from 24 countries, with 3 or 4 works by each artist.

Willem Sandberg, director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, curated the collection for the international exhibition.


Indian Art of the Pacific Northwest:

Many unique and individualistic pieces of Pacific Northwest Indian art, representing the craftsmanship of indigenous artists, were sent for this important first presentation. Explorers from Russia, England and the United States had carried artifacts from the region.

Dr. Erna Gunther, director of the University of Washington Museum, oversaw this exhibition.


Northwest Painting and Sculpture, Adventures in Art and Pacific Rim Countries

All three exhibitions are installed in the gallery occupied by Masterpieces after Labor Day. Northwest Painting and Sculpture contains works by a variety of regional artists. Adventures in Art displays some of the unique art forms that take ceramic and glass objects. Countries of the Pacific Region is a projection of contemporary art from Asian countries.

The Fine Arts Pavilion is a permanent exhibition building that will remain after the World Expo.

It is located at the northern end of the exhibition, between the Opera House and the Playhouse. Once past the main entrance, one enters a garden courtyard which is arranged with shrubs and sculptures.

The Fine Arts Pavilion has a surface area of 3700 m2. The vault rises to 12 metres and the lighting is of exceptional quality. The main galleries are divided by fireproof partitions. The exhibition is open from 10 am to 10 pm. Admission is 50 cents for adults and 35 cents for children.

Three catalogues, illustrated in black and white and in colour, are available for sale for $1, for those who want detailed explanations and souvenirs.

Article based on Official Books Seattle World's Fair 1962