Vienna World Exhibition 1873 revisited
A VIRTUAL EXHIBITION ON THE OCCASION OF THE 140-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
After 20 years of preparation, the World Exhibition was held in Vienna in 1873. It was only the fifth world fair and the first in the German-speaking world. With a floor area that considerably exceeded that of its predecessors in London and Paris, the Exhibition was to meant showcase the performance of Austria-Hungary in industry and crafts, art and science.
In May 2013, marking exactly the 140-year anniversary, the website 'Vienna World Exhibition 1873 revisited' went online, presenting selected aspects of this major historical event in texts, images and audio.
The website covers the main buildings and exhibition architecture, selected topics and prominent exhibitors as well as pressing issues of the time regarding public transport, accommodation for the expected flow of visitors and a 'Who's who of the World Exhibition'.
The project gained the renewed support of the Mayer-Gunthof Foundation and the Politzer Foundation at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 2016 and was updated both technically and in terms of content.
Eva Offenthaler, MA, MAS (project leader)