Only just days after learning that Shanghai would not be allowed to host the final Asian leg of the Albert Einstein exhibition tour, a Swiss diplomat has given comments saying that Shanghai still has a chance to partake in this event.
The exhibition was originally planned to be located in the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, but after a disagreement between the SSTM’s and the Historical Museum Bern’s curators, the Shanghai leg of the travelling exhibition was cancelled.
However Thomas Schneider, a member of the Swiss Consulate in Shanghai has released a statement saying that Shanghai is very important to the exhibition because “ it’s where Albert Einstein officially learned that he had won the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics”. He also confirmed that the Historical Museum Bern has since “contacted other exhibition venues in Shanghai” to organize the exposition.
Considering Shanghai has a museum for just about everything imaginable, we don’t believe that it will be too difficult for the Swiss delegation to find a new home for what should be a fascinating exhibition. It would truly be a shame if an event like this cannot be held because of museum politics.
By Patrick Keefe