After the end of the Expo, the Italian government donated the structure to China to become the focus of the Shanghai Italian Center, a cultural and educational facility operated by the Shanghai Expo Group.
To encourage cultural exchange between Italy and China, over the next three years the pavilion will host three exhibitions organised in partnership with the Triennale in Milan.
The first exhibition, "Tradition and Innovation ? Italy in China?, will present Italian art, craftsmanship, fashion, design and technology in relation to Chinese culture, seeking common values in the two countries? uses of certain materials and approach to innovation.
The exhibition will be divided into 7 sections presenting Italian excellence in different areas.
Title: Tradizione e Innovazione - L’Italia in Cina (Tradition and Innovation ? Italy in China)
Curator: Davide Rampello, Studio Cerri & Associati
Dates: March 24 2012 ? January 31 2013
Location: Shanghai, China
Illustrations: courtesy of Triennale Design Milano, courtesy of Business Press S.p.A.
Pavilion design: architect Giampaolo Imbrighi, Studio Iodice