Modern States, Ancient Nations: Balkan National Pavilions at the Paris World Exhibitions in the Twentieth Century
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The 1900 Paris World Exhibition in particular seems highly elucidating. Simultaneously referring to the nation's 'glorious past' and contemporary modernity, the ephemeral pavilions of Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania built at the exhibition represented an intriguing cultural hybrid which was, nevertheless, firmly connected to Byzantine architecture that all emerging nations of the Balkans claimed to be their 'own' heritage. The national pavilions of the Balkan states at the next Paris world shows of 1925 and 1939—although detached from the fin-de-siècle pathos of historicism—were equally illustrative examples of the same identity-construction process.
Keywords:World Exhibitions / Paris 1900 / Visual culture of the Balkans / Nationalism / National identity / Imperialism / Ephemeral architecture / Southeast Europe / Byzantine Architecture
Source:Visual and Performing Arts / Abstract Book From the 2nd Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, 6 - 9 June 2011, Athens, Greece, 2011, 41-42
- Athens : The Athens Institute for Education and Research