Brussels International Exposition (1935)

EXPO Brussels 1935

Palais des Expositions built for the exhibition (2008)
BIE-class Universal exposition
Category First category General Exposition
Name Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Bruxelles
Building Palais des Expositions
Area 150 hectares (370 acres)
Visitors 20,000,000
Organized by Joseph van Neck
Countries 24
Country Belgium
City Brussels
Venue Heysel Park
Coordinates 50°53′50″N 04°20′21″E / 50.89722°N 4.33917°E / 50.89722; 4.33917
Opening April 27, 1935 (1935-04-27)
Closure November 25, 1935 (1935-11-25)
Universal expositions
Previous Century of Progress in Chicago
Next Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in Paris
Specialized Expositions
Next ILIS 1936 in Stockholm

The Brussels International Exposition of 1935 (French: Exposition Universelle et Internationale Bruxelles de 1935) a Universal exhibition held in Heysel, near Brussels in Belgium, between 27 April and 6 November 1935.


Officially sanctioned by the Bureau of International Expositions, twenty-five countries officially participated and a further five were unofficially represented. The theme was colonization, on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Congo Free State.

The fair attracted some twenty million visitors. 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 Grand Palace, 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 Palais des Expositions, and at least three other of the 1935 structures, were re-used for Expo '58 which was held at the same site in 1958.

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