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Expo Museum received first gift from Yeosu

SHANGHAI'S World Expo Museum has received the first exhibit from participants of the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea, a mosaic painting from the Tunisia Pavilion, the museum's operator said today.

The painting, the God of the Sea, is a masterpiece of the country's mosaic painting and a centerpiece at the Tunisia pavilion at Yeosu, said Sélim Darghouth, the pavilion director.

"We hope our traditional arts can be showcased forever at the museum among other Expo legacies," Darghouth said.

Liu Xiuhua, director of the Shanghai Expo museum said the museum welcomes Expo participants at the Expo to donate exhibits to the museum to be exhibited permanently.

The Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) said all the World Expo hosts shall donate exhibits to the only official World Expo Museum in the world, which is expected to be completed in Shanghai by 2015.

Vincente Gonzalez Loscertales, Secretary General of the BIE, said the bureau had added it into formal requirements that all future Expo bidders shall support the Expo Museum in Shanghai.

More than 200 participants from the World Expo Shanghai donated more than 30,000 exhibits to the future museum. The BIE said, under its guidance, more exhibits will be collected from previous and future Expo hosts.

The World Expo Museum, located on the Puxi side of the former Expo Site, will be constructed under cooperation between the BIE and the Shanghai government, according to a cooperation memorandum signed by both sides in November 2010.

Construction will begin next year and it is expected to be open to the public in 2015.


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