Exhibition in Rio shows how Brazil celebrated 100 years of independence in 1922

One hundred years ago, the celebration was grand, and Rio was a knock-out. The pictures show the buildings specially constructed for the World's Fair, one of Brazil's most significant international events to date, attended by over 20 heads of state.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - To mark the bicentennial of Brazil's independence, an exhibition in Rio de Janeiro recalls the grand celebrations of 100 years ago. The 1922 event showed a country that was modern for its time and had a class that nowadays is only granted to Buenos Aires.

Argentines may have become poor, but culture and aesthetics are in their DNA. Still today.

Looking at Rio de Janeiro today, one can only wonder how this city could have fallen so low. It is a living reminder of what pure greed can do without an elite committed to beauty . . .

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