According to the plan, 2,000 ancient artifacts
from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, and the site of Herculaneum
nearby, will be sent to Rio de Janeiro on a 20-year loan. The first works are
due to arrive in 2020. They will be exhibited at the Italian Cultural Institute
and the Italian consulate in Rio until the national museum is rebuilt. As a
part of the plan, Italian experts will also travel to Rio de Janeiro to provide
assistance in the restoration of the salvaged artifacts from the ruins.
“A tragedy like the one that struck the museum could be transformed into an opportunity to raise public awareness about the preservation of these collections,” as said by Elisabetta Canna, a world leader in restoration and a member of the Italian expert team that was sent to Brazil in June.