Genoa Expo '92

EXPO Genoa 1992
BIE-class Specialized exposition
Name Christopher Columbus, The Ship and the Sea
Area 6 hectacres
Visitors 694800
Countries 54
Country  Italy
City Genoa
Venue Porto Antico
Opening 15 May 1992
Closure 15 August 1992
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L'Esposizione Internazionale Specializzata Genova '92 - Colombo '92 (in English International Exhibition Genoa '92 - Colombo '92) or more informally Expo 1992, held in Genoa, Italy from May 15 to August 15, 1992. The theme was "Christopher Columbus, The Ship and the Sea", and the Expo was timed to celebrate the 500 years since the Discover of America by the Genoese sailor Christopher Columbus. Because of the theme, the expo was also known as Colombiadi. It was a specialized Exhibition with 54 countries represented. Total visitors were 694,800.[1] Although not related, the exposition ran at the same time as Seville Expo '92. The expo's logo was a "500" number with the Genoa's flag; the mascot was a cat dressed like Christopher Columbus called "Gatto Cristoforo"


The International Exposition of Genoa '92 was held at the Porto Antico and allowed the entire redesign of the area, designed by the architect Renzo Piano. The aquarium hosted the sea's pavilion and the ship "Italia" hosted the ship's pavilion. Other important places were "Piazza delle Feste", a covered square, the "Magazzini del Cotone" an old port structure which now host the conference centre, "Porta Siberia" an historical port's fortress and the "Palazzina Millo".


54 countries attended the event officially (three unofficially) and, initially, it was announced that the Expo reached about 1.7 million visitors, of 3,000,000 provided,[2] but the count was later revised in only about 800,000 visitors. In the fall of 1992 it was discovered that the actual visitors were less than what was announced at first, and that the Ente Colombo, who ran the event, had collected only 13 billion compared to 45 billion planned. Because of the false news circulated and the lack of success of the event, the Mayor Romano Merlo, who was also president of Colombo, resigned and was replaced by Deputy Mayor Claudio Burlando.

The guest of honor was the Government of the Bahamas, where Christopher Columbus first landed in the Americas on the island of Guanahani. Sculptures called "Obelisk" by Alessandro Matta and "Dolphin" by Bruno Elisei were displayed nn the Bahamian hall, in homage to the Columbus.[3]

Participating Countries
 China  South Korea  Japan  Israel
 Cameroon  Egypt  Morocco  Senegal
 Bulgaria CSI  Croatia  France
 Germany  Greece  Hungary  Czech Republic
 Denmark  France  Italy  Malta
 Monaco  Poland  Portugal  Romania
 Spain   Switzerland   Vatican City
 Argentina  Bahamas  Bolivia  Brazil
 Chile  Colombia  Costa Rica  Cuba
 Dominica  El Salvador  Ecuador  Guatemala
 Haiti  Honduras  Mexico  Nicaragua
 Panama  Paraguay  Peru  Uruguay
 United States  Venezuela
European Union European Union


  2. Menti' sull' Expo: sindaco dimissionario, articolo de Il Corriere della Sera, del 22 ottobre 1992
  3. (cat. uff. "Cristoforo Colombo la Nave e il Mare" ed. Ente Colombo "92, - cat. del Pad. ed. San Salvador Development the Bahamas, Commissario Generale delle Bahamas dott. Roberto Savio). (Genova 1992, catalogo Espo "Cristoforo Colombo: la nave e il mare" - Catalogo Padiglione Bahamas " San Salvador development committee the Bahamas"

Coordinates: 44°24′37″N 8°55′35″E / 44.4103°N 8.9264°E / 44.4103; 8.9264

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