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Soviet Union - Expo Osaka 1970

Soviet Union at the Exhibition Expo Osaka 1970
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Architect(s) : M. Posokhin

With the hammer and sickle on its head, a tower for socialist achievement, the Soviet pavilion soared to the heavens. It was the tallest building at the exhibition at almost 110 metres.

The pavilion, located in the northwest of the Expo, honoured the centenary of the birth of V. I. Lenin, the founding father of the Soviet Union and its greatest thinker, on 22 April 1870. The first section introduced his life and activities. Films taken during his life were shown on a large screen, and personal items were displayed. Also this section showed the origins and development of Soviet-Japanese relations.

"Harmonious Development of the Individual under Socialism" was the theme of the second section and you could witness the lives of Soviet men, women and young people. Exhibits included cultural and artistic items, such as gold ornaments used by the Scythians; ancient Russian sacred images, old bells, and a piano once owned by Tschaikovsky.

The third zone showed the vastness of Eastern and Northern Siberia. There were examples of Siberian natural resources.

Then you came to a gallery 100 metres high. You would find a spaceship, a laser system, high precision machines to explore the depths of the earth and the oceans, all demonstrating the great scientific achievement of the Soviet Union. A large screen showed 10 films at the same time, as if they were one.

The Soviet pavilion also had a concert hall, where a variety of folk songs, music and dances were presented. And Russian, Georgian, Ukrainian and other local dishes were served in the pavilion restaurant.

The Soviet pavilion, created under chief architect M. Posokhin and art director K. Rozdestvensky, was adjacent to the Saturday Plaza, and was easily visible from anywhere in the exhibition.