Art and Progress. Portuguese Colonial Representations in the Great World Exhibitions

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Abstract

In the mid-19th century, an ambition for universality, a desire to spread knowledge of the benefits brought by industrialisation, and faith in progress meant that a need arose to create an exhibition structure that could bring together the new urban experience – and so the great exhibitions were born. The ‘Universal Exhibition’ became a platform where the results of development on various levels, and in different registers, could be exhibited in a compact fashion. It brought under one roof the most glorious aspects of the 19th century. Exhibiting everything from agriculture to mining, from machinery to art, it brought the public a view of the human cosmos immersed in a new movement, finding its raison d’être in one of the main identifiers of the age: the birth of the phenomenon of the masses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress(es), Theories and Practices
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Multidisciplinary Congress on Proportion Harmonies Identities (PHI 2017), October 4-7, 2017, Bari, Italy
EditorsMário S. Ming Kong, Maria do Rosário Monteiro, Maria João Pereira Neto
PublisherTaylor & Francis Group
Pages309-314
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781351242691
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
Event3rd International Multidisciplinary Congress on Proportion Harmonies Identities (), October 4-7, 2017, Bari, Italy - Swabian Castle; Sala Murat; University of Trento, Bari, Italy
Duration: 4 Nov 20177 Nov 2017
Conference number: 3

Conference

Conference3rd International Multidisciplinary Congress on Proportion Harmonies Identities (), October 4-7, 2017, Bari, Italy
Abbreviated titlePHI 2017
CountryItaly
CityBari
Period4/11/177/11/17

Keywords

  • colonial
  • exhibitions
  • XIX century

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    Castro, M. J. (2017). Art and Progress. Portuguese Colonial Representations in the Great World Exhibitions. In M. S. M. Kong, M. D. R. Monteiro, & M. J. P. Neto (Eds.), Progress(es), Theories and Practices: Proceedings of the 3rd International Multidisciplinary Congress on Proportion Harmonies Identities (PHI 2017), October 4-7, 2017, Bari, Italy (pp. 309-314). Taylor & Francis Group. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781351242691/chapters/10.1201/9781351242691-64