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1935 Brussels
The Palais des Expositions (or Grand Palais) during the 1935 Brussels World's Fair
BIE-classUniversal exposition
CategoryFirst category General Exposition
NameExposition Universelle et Internationale de Bruxelles
Building(s)Palais des Expositions
Area150 hectares (370 acres)
Organized byJoseph van Neck
VenueHeysel/Heizel Plateau
Coordinates50°53′50″N 04°20′21″E / 50.89722°N 4.33917°E / 50.89722; 4.33917
Opening27 April 1935 (1935-04-27)
Closure25 November 1935 (1935-11-25)
Universal expositions
PreviousCentury of Progress in Chicago
NextExposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in Paris
Specialized Expositions
NextILIS 1936 in Stockholm

The Brussels International Exposition of 1935 (French: Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Bruxelles de 1935, Dutch: Brusselse Wereldtentoonstelling van 1935) was a world's fair held between 27 April and 6 November 1935 on the Heysel/Heizel Plateau in Brussels, Belgium.[1]


The 1935 World's Fair was the tenth world's fair hosted by Belgium, and the fourth in Brussels, following the fairs in 1888, 1897 and 1910. Officially sanctioned by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), twenty-five countries officially participated[2] and a further five were unofficially represented. The theme was colonisation, on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Congo Free State.[1]

The exhibition attracted some twenty million visitors.[1][2] The Belgian architect Joseph van Neck was the principal architect of the fair and of the Art Deco Palais des Expositions (also known as the Grand Palais), with its interior concrete parabolic arches, and four heroic bronze statues on piers.

Among many other contributors, Le Corbusier designed part of the French exhibit; the Belgian modernist architect Victor Bourgeois designed the Palais des Expositions (or Grand Palais), the Leopold II restaurant and the Soprocol pavilion. The Belgian art exposition prominently displayed the work of contemporary Belgian artists, including Paul Delvaux, René Magritte and Louis Van Lint, boosting their careers.

The exhibition was photographed in colour by the Dutch photographer Bernard F. Eilers, which was a novelty in 1935.[3]

The Palais des Expositions, and at least three other of the 1935 structures, were re-used for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair (Expo 58), which was held on the same site in 1958.[4] Currently, it is home to the Brussels Exhibition Centre (Brussels Expo), the city's most important event complex in Belgium and the largest exhibition space in the Benelux.[5]


See also



  1. ^ a b c Lambotte & Pargameni 1935.
  2. ^ a b "1935 Brussels". Retrieved 6 November 2022.
  3. ^ Bernard F. Eilers photographs The Memory of the Netherlands 2012
  4. ^ Schroeder-Gudehus & Rasmussen 1992.
  5. ^ "Bruxelles Laeken - Palais des Expositions du Heysel - Place de Belgique - BAES Louis". Retrieved 3 December 2020.