IMG has acquired Exhibitions International, the leading global museum exhibition producer.
The business will sit within IMG’s events division with Arts & Entertainment. Exhibitions International’s Founder and President John Norman will become Managing Director, Exhibitions, IMG Events, and his team will also join IMG.
The portfolio of events of Exhibitions International includes KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, POMPEII: The Exhibition and Mummies of the World.
IMG and Exhibitions International recently partnered with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities to create KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, a ten-city international exhibition tour celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
The exhibition starts at the California Science Center in Los Angeles on March 24.
Exhibitions International produces and organises exhibitions and entertainment experiences that have attracted more than 30 million visitors across the world.
The company’s worldwide tours have showcased objects from the tomb of Tutankhamun, relics from Cleopatra’s Royal Palace, Princess Diana’s royal wedding gown and the only authenticated pirate treasure in the world.
Stephen Flint Wood, SVP and Managing Director, Arts & Entertainment Events, IMG said, “I had the pleasure of collaborating with John Norman when we staged Tutankhamun together in Australia in 2011.” He further added, “I quickly realised why John was regarded as the best in the business and was therefore delighted when we had the opportunity for him and the rest of his team to become part of the IMG family.
“As Managing Director of our Exhibitions business, John will have the full support and resources of the global IMG network, and we in turn have a new opportunity to expand our world-class events offering,” he concluded.
IMG’s earlier work with Exhibitions International includes the staging of Tutankhamun: The Golden Age of the Pharaohs in Melbourne in 2011 that still holds the attendance record for any exhibition staged in Australia.