Thursday, July 14, 2011

Shanghai to build Expo museum

Shanghai will build a World Expo museum, which is the first and the only Expo museum authorized by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), in four years on the site of World Expo Shanghai 2010.

Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, Secretary General of BIE, met with the working team of the future Expo museum in Paris on July 5th, and talked about the concept of the museum which is one of the main projects of the after-use of Expo.

"The Expo museum will be the first real 'international' museum in China," said Lorelei Liu, curator of the future museum.

The museum will not only display precious collection of books and objects of the past Expos, but also feature a documentation and research center with cooperation and support of BIE.

The center will conserve hard copy and digitalized archives from Expo history to the bidding process and operation report to facilitate not only the research of Expo, but the training of working staff for future Expos as well.

The after-use of Shanghai Expo site focuses on its public functions, aiming to become a center for cultural activities, museums, high-end exhibition venues, tourism and recreation.

Shanghai will also open an Expo 2010 commemorative exhibition on September 1st, 2011 at the Urban Footprint Pavilion to showcase the memory of the 184 days and some famous exhibits donated by participants, such as Baby Miguelin from Spanish Pavilion.