I have seen the future
A photographic exhibition that exhibits the remains of the World's Fairs throughout history.
Temporary exhibition on two levels
From 21 June, Quebec artist Ève Cadieux will take over a sphere of the Atomium – that emblematic witness to Expo 58 – to present her vision of the World’s Fairs that have left their mark on both North America and Europe. ‘I Have Seen the Future’*: a photographic installation, the mirror of an idealized future.
Photographer Ève Cadieux’s fascination with World’s Fairs began not far from her home in Montreal. In 1967, before she was even born, her father was a regular visitor to the 1967 International and Universal Exposition in that city. At the time, he captured on slides fragments of a world with futuristic overtones. As a child, Ève Cadieux loved listening to the anecdotes her parents told and she even had the opportunity to visit the vestiges of Expo 67.
While in Seville in 2015, Ève Cadieux suddenly decided to track down the traces of the World’s Fair held there in 1992. That is when she realized that her fascination went far beyond 1967 and Montreal. She threw herself into a project that she had been nurturing for many years: to go in search of architectural gems taken over by nature, abandoned exhibition sites, and pavilions that had been moved or repurposed.
In her artistic approach, Ève Cadieux favours two approaches and becomes an "archaeologist-artist": either she focuses on the memorial object, or she looks at places in transition and their remains. ‘I Have Seen the Future’ ties in with this notion of transition. With each planned visit, Ève Cadieux gathers documentation. She knows that nothing lasts forever. She records, as if they were markers, these places which initially were destined to be dismantled once the lights had been turned off, so to speak.
The artist’s installation was designed for the Atomium. Instead of simply hanging photographs on the walls, Ève Cadieux wanted to establish a dialogue with the architecture of this setting. The scenography gives pride of place to the marriage of light and the works.
Of all the vestiges of World’s Fairs, the Atomium is one of the lucky ones. Its heritage value was recognized early on and it received funding from all levels of power in Belgium. It escaped demolition and was thoroughly renovated in 2006.
The result: some 650,000 visitors per year and an opportunity to enjoy unbeatable views of Brussels. This photographic installation is also an opportunity to see Ève Cadieux’s uncompromising view of a universal phenomenon.
*’I Have Seen the Future’ is the slogan that appeared on the pins of the Futurama exhibit and ride at the 1939–40 New York World’s Fair.
Ève Cadieux thanks the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Délégation générale du Québec à Bruxelles for their support in the production of "I have seen the future"
This exhibition takes place in the sphere of temporary exhibition.
(Accessible via stairs and staircases)
Date of the event
10:00 am - 6:00 pm (last admission at 5:30)
Access to the temporary exhibition is included in the Atomium entrance ticket and tour of the history of the monument. Therefore there is no additional charge.