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Portuguese World Exhibition

The Portuguese World Exhibition was held in Lisbon in 1940 to mark 800 years since the foundation of the country and 300 years since the restoration of independence from Spain.[1][2]

Portuguese World Exhibition
BIE-classUnrecognized exposition
NamePortuguese World Exhibition
BuildingMuseu de Arte Popular
Visitors3 million
Organized byAugusto de Castro, Júlio Dantas, Cottinelli Telmo [pt], António Ferro
VenuePraça do Império, Belém
Coordinates38°41′47″N 9°12′27″W / 38.69639°N 9.20750°W / 38.69639; -9.20750
Opening23 June 1940
Closure2 December 1940

The fair ran from 23 June to 2 December 1940[1], held on the Praça do Império[3] and was attended by 3 million people[1]


Augusto de Castro was the commissioner general, Júlio Dantas president of committee, Cottinelli Telmo [pt] the master architect[4] António Ferro (director)[3] and lead engineer Duarte Pacheco.[5]

The exhibition was opened by Marechal Carmona, with Oliveira Salazar also in attendance.[1]


The fair was divided into three main sections of display history, ethnography and the colonial world.[6]

Monument to DiscoveriesEdit

A monument to the discoveries of Portugal Padrão dos Descobrimentos was designed by Pardal Monteiro and Cottinelli Telmo and erected in the Praça do Império (it was dismantled in 1943).[7]

Nautical sportsEdit

A modernist restaurant and beer hall was designed by António Lino with guidance from Cottinelli Telmo. In 2014 it was remodelled to become a nightclub and bar.[8]

Popular lifeEdit

The pavilion of popular life was designed by Veloso Reis and João Simões and after the exhibition was refurbished and opened as Lisbon's Museum of Popular Art in 1948.[9]


The Brazil pavilion, named Independent Brazilian Pavilion[10] was designed by Raul Lino,[4] with interiors by Roberto Lacombe.[10] Its contents included a large photographic mural, and a reading room with 5000 works.[10] It had an art section including paintings by Lucílio de Albuquerque, Arthur Timótheo da Costa, Oscar Pereira da Silva [pt] and Candido Portinari.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "The Portuguese World Exhibition of 1940". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Efemérides | A Restauração (1640)" (in Portuguese).
  3. ^ a b Corkill, David; Almeida, José Carlos, Commemoration and Propaganda in Salazar's Portugal: The Portuguese World Exhibition of 1940
  4. ^ a b "Opiniões de Algibeira: Reminiscências do Passado (3): a exposição do Mundo Português (1940)" (in Portuguese).
  5. ^ "Expo VN Inauguration — Visualizing Portugal: the New State (1933-1974)". Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Expo VN Map — Visualizing Portugal: the New State (1933-1974)". Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Monument to the Discoveries". Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Espaço Espelho D'Água on Architizer". Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  9. ^ "DGPC | Museus e Monumentos | Rede Portuguesa de Museus | Museu de Arte Popular" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d Williams, Daryle. Culture Wars in Brazil: The First Vargas Regime, 1930–1945.