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Einstein exhibition cancelled in China after Confucius merger move

June 8, 2011 - Beijing

The Historical Museum of Bern, Switzerland, has cancelled plans to put up an exhibition about Albert Einstein in China after a Shanghai museum suggested merging the Einstein show with a display about Chinese philosopher, Confucius.

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum suggested that European physicist's exhibition should be merged with exhibits about Confucius, a Chinese philosopher who lived more than 2,000 years earlier.

The BBC quoted a director at the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, as saying he did not know why the talks on hosting the show in Shanghai had ended.

An anonymous source close to the situation said that even before the problem in Shanghai, the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing had demanded deletion of historical content.

The Swiss had firmly opposed the deletions, saying the whole exhibition would be cancelled.

"I think as a science museum, they didn't see why we should talk about world history in an exhibition on Albert Einstein," the source said.

The Einstein exhibition is part of a celebration of 60 years of diplomatic relations between China and Switzerland, financed by the Swiss government.


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