Video projection around the exhibition BXL UNIVERSEL
On 8 October 1958, Franz GSELLMANN (Austria, 1910-1981) visited the central pavilion of the Brussels World’s Fair, after a train journey lasting several days. A reproduction of the Atomium shown in a newspaper had led him there and this discovery has forever changed the life of this farmer coming from a modest village in Styria (Steiermark). Back home, Franz Gsellmann began to construct his ‘World Machine’, using a miniature replica of the Atomium as inspiration. His work, a kind of perpetuum mobile, kept him endlessly occupied throughout the rest of his life.
58 years after its discovery, tribute is paid to this man in the same place that inspired him for this extraordinary work.
With the support of the Österreichisches Kulturforum.
© Franz GSELLMANN, Weltmaschine
Avenue de l’Atomium