6 June 2018 to 31 January 2018
“The tale of ‘The Little Prince’ appeals to everyone with its universal themes of courage, dedication, love and hope. SPM’s exhibition presents a whole new dimension to the book by linking it to events in world history, such as when international airmail services were first introduced in the 1920s and 1930s. It gives us better insight into the author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and his inspiration for the book, and presents an intriguing and heart-tugging ‘behind-the-scenes’ story of the creation of ‘The Little Prince’. At SPM, we continually seek to tell the story of the world around us through stamps and philatelic materials, and at the same time encourage self-discovery and exploration,” said Ms Tresnawati Prihadi, General Manager, Singapore Philatelic Museum. It will feature 250 exhibitions.
On 7 June 2018, Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry of Communications and Information, will launch The Little Prince: Behind the Story, which will run until 17 March 2019. The exhibition is supported by the Singapore-French Cooperation Agreement that was signed in 2009.
Come October 2018, a new offering will be added to the exhibition in the form of a special dark room that will display five specially-designed sculptures depicting characters from ‘The Little Prince’. These sculptures are on loan from The Little Prince in the Dark Collection by French artist Arnaud Nazare-Aga, and will provide visitors, including the visually impaired, with a tactile experience of the exhibition as visitors will get to ‘see’ them by touching.
A smaller version of the exhibition will also be travelling to libraries all around Singapore from 1 July 2018 to 31 January 2019 to reach out to book lovers, and invite them to experience the full exhibition at SPM.
As the exhibition coincides with the June school holidays, SPM will also be organising a series of activities as part of the National Heritage Board (NHB)’s Children’s Season Singapore 2018. These include: Bon Appetit day camp for children to learn conversational French, and about French culture among others.