International Hygiene Exhibition

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1911 Dresden
Plakat v Stuck11.jpg
Poster for the exhibition by Franz Stuck
BIE-classUnrecognized exposition
VisitorsMore than 5 million
CountryGerman Empire
Opening6 May 1911

The International Hygiene Exhibition was a world's fair focusing on medicine and public health, held in Dresden, Germany, in 1911.[1]

The leading figure organizing the exhibition was German philanthropist and businessman Karl August Lingner [de], who had grown wealthy from his Odol mouthwash brand, and was enthusiastic to educate the public about advances in public health. Lingner had previously organized a public-health exhibition as part of the 1903 Dresden municipal expo, and its success led him to plan a larger endeavor.[1]

The exhibition opened on May 6, 1911, with 30 countries participating, 100 buildings built for the event, and 5 million visitors over its duration. It emphasized accessible visual representations of the body, and a particular sensation were the transparent organs preserved and displayed according to a method devised by Werner Spalteholz.[1]

Following the exhibition, its contents became the permanent German Hygiene Museum in Dresden. Its success spawned several follow-up expos, most notably the 1926 GeSoLei exhibition in Düsseldorf.[1]

Other International Exhibitions of Hygiene were held in:

Further reading[edit]

  • Thomas Steller: Volksbildungsinstitut und Museumskonzern. Das Deutsche Hygiene-Museum 1912-1930, Bielefeld 2014, online:
  • Sybilla Nikolow und Thomas Steller: Das lange Echo der Internationalen Hygiene-Ausstellung in: Dresdener Hefte 12 (2011).


  1. ^ a b c d Klaus Vogel (2004). "The Transparent Man — Some comments on the history of a symbol". In Robert Bud (ed.). Manifesting Medicine. National Museum of Science and Industry. pp. 36–38. ISBN 1-900747-56-1.
  2. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1910). "Bulletin of the Pan American Union". XXXI. Union of American Republics: 26, 429–431. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1914). "Bulletin of the Pan American Union". XXXVIII. Union of American Republics: 151. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1914). "Bulletin of the Pan American Union". XXXVIII. Union of American Republics: 606. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)