International Exhibition of Colonial, Maritime and Flemish Art Antwerp 1930

Colonial, maritime and Flemish Art

April 26, 1930 - November 4, 1930

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Hamburg-Breme at the Exhibition Expo Antwerp 1930

© Hersleven

Modernists visiting the Exhibition are especially interested in the Hamburg and Bremen Pavilions and the Dutch Pavilion. There is no debate as to which one is the most beautiful. Each of the pavilions has its own characteristics, which is the first requirement for being modern.

The main entrance to the pavilion is formed by three formidable buttresses connected by red stained glass windows. The whole building gives an impression of strength. Only the geraniums in front of the entrance provide a little sentimental poetry.

One enters a large hall, with red carpets well suited to the diffused light that reigns there. Between the red and white striped flags on the walls we can see the armour of the free cities (Hamburg, Bremen and Lubeck) and the inscription: "Vrijheid, Do ik ju openbaar".

In the next hall on the left we find the stands of Bremen and Lubeck. Large panoramas, flowers and models show us the expansion and activity of these ports.

We see, under glass, models of the great steamers sailing the seas. We see how these modern giants, with their modern halls and even swimming pools, meet all the requirements of our time in terms of comfort.

Further on, large machines and huge engines have a special attraction for the technicians.

A special stand is devoted to relations with the Colonies. Equipment, weapons, and even rattlesnakes attract a lot of attention.

Hamburg sits in the hall on the right. Here we find a faithful reproduction of the port. And then there are a number of statistics and panoramas whose numbers, lines and figures would eventually tire the eye.

Returning to the central hall, where an atmosphere of calm and contemplation reigns, we find in a small, elegant cupboard the stamps of the free cities and former potentates. Along the walls are arranged the images of the patron saints of various cities. In the semi-darkness they embody an atmosphere of calm and rest that contrasts sharply with the marvels produced by human genius and the hectic, busy life in the surrounding halls.

© Guide Officiel - Anvers 1930