Inventing a Modern Paris. The Dynamic Relationship between Expositions, Urban Development and Museums
Miriam R. Levin
Miriam R. Levin, Inventing a Modern Paris. The Dynamic Relationship between Expositions, Urban Development and Museums, dans Quaderns d’història de l’enginyeria, 2012, vol. 13, 22.
Between 1855 and 1900, Paris was the site of five major expositions : 1855,
1867, 1878, 1889, and 1900. These temporary agglomerations of stuff not only
served to showcase scientific and technological innovations. They were stimuli
to the embedding of science and technology in the fabric of modern life on a
long-term basis. Their construction not only altered the development of the
city’s infrastructure, but through the design and content of their scientific
and technologically based exhibits, the five expositions helped to restructure
time and space. This paper will explore some of the ways in which this
dynamic played out in the Parisian context.