April 6, 2012 5:00 AM

Exhibit at the Nelson pays fitting tribute to Worlds Fairs

In a city that has never had a world’s fair, a new show at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art offers a splendid substitute. “Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939” is a parade of greatest hits from almost a century’s worth of fairs, presented in an environment designed to give a “you are there” feeling.

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