Belgique 58 @ Musée d'Architecture

Written by BrusselsLife Team - 11 Mar 2008, 00:00 (Updated: 13 Dec 2012, 07:59)
Belgique 58 @ Musée d'Architecture
On 17 April 1958, the first World´s Fair of the post-war period was enthusiastically inaugurated in Brussels: « Expo 58 ». Despite the wide variety of the pavilions, the exhibition gives a feeling of belonging to the same epoch.

The exhibition seeks to present significant architectural and decorative forms of this « 58 style », characterised by the abandonment of the monumental symmetries of the pre-war years and the use of oblique lines and curves, walls of glass, smooth and coloured materials like enamelled Eternit as well as marked by the appearance of tensile structures, hyperbolic shells… Drawings, photographs, models, posters and furniture bring to life this rare moment of optimism which sealed the end of the post-war years and the passage to the consumer society.

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