The Exposition's Committees

General Committee  [SHOW]
Executive Committee  [SHOW]

The Universal Exposition of Turin 1911 was officially born during a meeting of the Camera di Commercio (Chamber of Commerce) of Turin, on February 11, 1907. During this meeting, the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Teofilo Rossi, announced his plan to invite approximately 1000 guests among the wealthiest representatives of the Turinese society (inclusive, therefore, of members of the aristocracy and the high bourgeoisie, mainly land owners and industrialists) for a discussion aimed at defining the features of the Exposition.

This discussion took place during a subsequent meeting of February 14, 1907. During the February 14 meeting, two Exposition Committees (General and Executive) were created. The Mayor of Turin, Secondo Frola, was appointed as the President of the General Committee.  The Honorary President of the Executive Committee was Emanuele Filiberto of the House of Savoy, Duke of Aosta, and the President was Tommaso Villa.

The minutes of this meeting reveal that the organizers voted to name the exposition “Exposition of Industry and Labor” to separate it from the archeological and artistic exhibitions already planned in Rome. The choice also underscores the need that the organizers felt to celebrate Turin as Italy’s “capital of industry” at a time when the competition with Milan was becoming increasingly intense.

See also:

  • Massaia, Alberto. "Esempi di architettura dell'eclettismo. Le Esposizioni di Torino del 1884, 1898, 1911." Studi piemontesi XVII (November 1989): 489-505.
  • Passuello, Mara and Alessandra Perino. Stefano Molli: Architettura e restauro nella cultura piemontese tra Ottocento e Novecento: Percorso per un regesto archivistico. Tesi di laurea. Facolta' di architettura. Politecnico di Torino. Anno accademico 2002-2003. 
  • Picone Petrusa, Mariantonietta. "Torino Esposizione Internazionale (19 aprile - 19 novembre)." in Picone Petrusa, Mariantonietta, Maris Raffaella Pessolano, Assunta Bianco. Le grandi esposizioni.