GALLERIA ALBERTO SORDI exhibitions Paris 1889, World's Fair: birth of the Eiffel Tower
from 20/04/2012 to 30/09/2012
Paris 1889, World's Fair: birth of the Eiffel Tower
From the 20th April, a huge section of the Eiffel Tower's staircase
was finally on show in the Galleria Alberto Sordi
, formerly Galleria Colonna. This section connected the second and third levels of the world's most famous tower, and it was purchased by the Fondazione Sorgente Group at a New York auction in 2011. Professor Claudio Strinati, Scientific Director of the said Foundation
, presented the exhibition entitled "Paris 1889, World's Fair: birth of the Eiffel Tower". Roman Mayor Gianni Alemanno
inaugurated the exhibition. The staircase is complemented by a series of twenty photos documenting the construction of the 1889 World's Fair pavilions, which proceeded at the same time as the Tower's construction: a romantic journey through period images, provided by the Washington Library of Congress, the National French Library and the Central Institute for Cataloguing and Documentation (ICCD).
The exhibition is on display in the Galleria Colonna, owned by Sorgente Group, which is a signatory of the protocol RomÆxhibit / Art and Exhibitions in Rome (www.romaexhibit.com). Until June, visitors will be able to admire the staircase's helicoidal section, which is 4 metres and 49.5 centimetres tall, with a diameter of 172.8 cm and dating back to 1889, as the rest of the monument from which it originates. It was replaced in 1980 for safety reasons and also to lighten the weight of the entire tower.
The staircase was divided into 24 sections of varying lengths, from 8'6" to 25'6" (2.6 to 7.8 metres) and laid on the ground with the help of winches. One of the sections was left inside the Eiffel Tower
where it is still on display. Three sections were donated to famous French museums: the Musée d'Orsay, la Villette in Paris and the Musée de Fer in Nancy. The remaining sections were auctioned off on December 1st 1983. This sale, which was held at the Tower itself, was very successful in terms of attendance, as collectors from all over the world wanted to get their hands on a piece of the legendary structure. Today we can find pieces of the staircase in many prestigious locations worldwide: the Yamanashi's Yoishii Foundation in Japan, the Statue of Liberty in New York, near the Eiffel Tower reproduction in Disneyland. Even celebrities, like the French singer Guy Béart, have purchased sections. The sculptor César has used a piece of the staircase in his tribute to the famous Tower.