The Geek Pavilion, on Ile Notre-Dame close to the Expo-Express station and bridge of the Isles, is simple in form, with white surfaces intercepted by passageways leading to the interior.
The concept of the exhibit, however, is exceedingly ambitious: to tell the story of the culture of Greece and its influence through its theme Man is the Measure of All.
The message is of the past and of the present, and its essential conclusion is that only in peace and reconciliation with his fellows and his environment can Man achieve his proper destiny.
The area surrounding the Pavilion represents an authentic Grecian landscape, with thyme, pines and cypresses.
At the entrance a patio tiled with Greek marble slabs is set off with statuary, trees and shrubs. It provides a small open air theater for art performances.
There are eight exhibit halls and a cinema, and the first three halls tell of the contribution of Greece the arts and sciences from antiquity to 1967. Halls are devoted to: The Message of Greece; The Greeks and the World; Greek Culture.
The next two areas tell of natural beauty, archeological sites, tourism, and sea and other communications.
Two halls under the titles of Technical Civilization and The Continuance of Tradition through Popular Art represent Greece today.
The final hall has an information office, rest rooms and a waiting room.
( Document: Official Guide of l'Expo 67, Copyright 1967 by Maclean-Hunter Publishing Co. Ltd. )Man and is World in 1969
On entering the first hall of the pavilion, huge photographs of women's eyes, telling about the meaning of a glance, greet the visitor. The sub-theme, the Woman as Subject, emphasizes that women are taking an increasingly active role in the community, in military life in countries in crisis such as Isreal and Vietnam; in public affairs, as in the United States, where three per cent of the members of Congress are women, and in India, where Mrs. Indira Ghandi is prime minister; in science and industry.
The exhibits also show the larger role being played by women in sports, including such champions from Canada as Skier Nancy Greene and Swimmer Elaine Tanner. Portraits of illustrious women show feminine ascendancy in the theatre, until recently closed to her; in literature, with Simone de Beauvoir, Han Suyin and Marie-Claire Blais; and in music, with such names as Joan Sutherland, Régine Crespin, Maria Callas and Nana Mouskouri.
(Man and his world 1969 - Official Guide - published by the city of Montreal)