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CENTURY 21 EXPOSITION, INC.
SEATTLE 9, WASHINGTON, U. S. A. CEntury 5-2121
January 20, 1962
Report on FINE ART EXHIBITS
The Pine Arts exhibition at the Seattle World's Fair will be the first of
its kind at a World's Fair or international exposition since the San Francisco
World's Fair of 1939. There have been art exhibitions since connected with
such fairs, but not within, or as an integral part of, the fair, or on a
scale commensurate, with the range and scope of a World's Fair itself.
There will be no Fine Arts exhibition at the New York World's Fair in
1964, according to Robert Moses, its general director, because the fair cannot
find the money for the kind of exhibition hall required for showing a major
exhibition of great art. The cost of building a first-class, fireproof,
earthquake-proof building of the size required is prohibitive.
The Seattle World's Fair is fortunate to have the use, as a gift from
the City of Seattle, of the new Exhibition Banqueting Hall now completed,
which is situated on Mercer Street between the Opera House and the Playhouse.
It is a handsome and impressive building, an open floor rising forty feet to
a vaulted ceiling, forty thousand feet of clear space, which will be divided
for the art-exhibition period into four main areas and sub-divided by fireproof
partitions into suitable galleries. Illumination will be first rate, and the
total effect will be spacious and grand.
APRIL 21 TO OCTOBER 21, 1962 • Officially Sanctioned by the Bureau International d e s Expositions