Making Place for the Modern Road

The Road Exhibitions in Brussels (1910) and Liège (1930)

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Author: David Peleman
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This article describes how two temporary road exhibitions before World War II functioned as tools to frame the Belgian road project as a rich cultural venture. In the absence of a comprehensive policy and any diverse cultural engagement by the government, a particular relationship between culture, technology, and society crystallized in the museological arrangement of these exhibitions. The article argues that, while these exhibitions relate the road project to a broad cultural field, they simultaneously instill a rigid way of reasoning about the modern road.

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Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies

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