In 2013, the most visited Paris monument was Notre-Dame de Paris with over 13 million visitors. About 27 million people visit Paris annually. The Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) de 1900 had 51 million visitors.
When visiting Paris, what fascinates the visitor? The Art Nouveau of the metro entrances? The Moulin Rouge? The Eiffel Tower? Paris in 1900 was the City of Entertainment. Art, architecture and fashion woke up gradually during the late 1800s, preparing the world for the 1900 Paris World’s Fair (Exposition Universelle). The Petit Palais in Paris was built for the Exposition universelle in 1900, which is right in step with the period.
Six sections in the exhibitions take the visitor on a trail through this Parisian Belle Epoque with over 600 works of art: paintings, costumes, posters, photographs, films, furniture, jewelry, street furniture and sculptures. One of the early fair architectural debates was the fate of the Eiffel Tower. It would either be transformed with two wings, reconstructed or destroyed.
At the Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008