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Pair of armchairs from The Czechoslovak Pavilion World’s Fair Expo 58 - Brussels, Czechoslovak, 1958

Two mid-century modern chairs Eastern Europe with a traditional twist! This pair of Czechoslovakian carved wood and embroidered chairs are from Expo 58 in Belgium. A sticker with a logo from the World’s Fair in 1958 is found on the underside of the chair.
Expo 58 in Brussels was the first World’s Fair after World War II. The Czechoslovakian Pavilion was extraordinarily different from its counterparts from behind the Iron Curtain. The level of artistic expression - nationalistic even in the face of hardline communism - made it a true standout.
Prague is a creative capital. The world’s first Curio, by the way, was in Prague, and was curated by King Rudolph II. Renowned artists and creators born in The Czech Republic and Slovakia include iconic Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha, authors Franz Kafka and Milan Kundera, filmmaker Miloš Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), and dramatist, first president of The Czech Republic, and orchestrator of the world’s most peaceful separation of nations, Václav Havel.
We can imagine that these chairs were comfortable places from which to observe Laterna Magika, the world’s first multimedia theater - film and stage together, which made its debut at the Czechoslovakian Pavilion in 1958.
The point of The World’s Fair, of course, is to disseminate culture, and (in order not to bring everything back to your home country) it is customary for items to be sold at the end of the Expo. These chairs were purchased and eventually brought to Ghent, Belgium. We found them there, and soon they will be snuggled up next to The Curio of Norfolk’s own magic lantern...


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