Decorative Arts at The World's Fairs - Inventing the modern world, 1851-1939.

Exhibition Sponsors

Major support for this exhibition was provided by Wells Fargo, the Windgate Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The exhibition has been co-organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.
In Kansas City the exhibition is supported by Helzberg Diamonds, Herbert Adler, Betty and Paul Henson and family, Belger Cartage Service, Inc., Richard and Jane Bruening, Alison Bartlett Jager and Eric Thor Jager, Sandy and Randy Rolf, Keith and Margie Weber Foundation and the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions.

Community Partners

  • Hallmark Cards, Inc.
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • MRIGlobal
  • Museo
  • National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
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  • Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas
  • Sun Pavilion design team: Generator Studio, Tm Gratkowski, Prosser Wilbert Construction, Brightergy LLC, Thornton Tomasetti, BC Engineers and Barkley
  • The 1904 World’s Fair Society
  • The Kansas City Public Library
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  • VML


Ives Maes, Belgian (b. 1976). Parade (Shanghai Expo 2010), 2011. C-print on acrylic. Courtesy of the artist.

The Future of Yesterday: Photographs of Architectural Remains at World's Fairs

June 28–October 28, 2012 | Bloch Lobby

In his first American exhibition, Belgian artist Ives Maes explores the architecture of world’s fair sites as they look today. In 15 dramatic photographic sculptures, Maes investigates the effect of time, place and context on the remains of these global events.

This exhibition is supported by the Donald J. Hall Initiative.