One of my favourite books growing up was Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s whimsical tale of The Little Prince. Crash landing in the Sahara desert, a pilot comes across an inquisitive yet serious young prince who has landed in the desert from his home planet, Asteroid B-612. After becoming firm friends, the Little Prince tells the pilot the story of how he came to earth and the two venture further into the desert in search of a well. The story is a philosophical reflection and social criticism of the narrow-minded nature of adulthood. Dealing with themes of love, exploration and the search for inner peace, is what makes the novel the third most translated book in the world and one of the best-selling books ever published with close to two million copies annually.
But it’s not just the story that makes this book such a compelling read. All of Saint-Exupéry’s hand-drawn watercolour illustrations help bring this story to life. If, like me, you can’t contain your excitement for the upcoming film adaptation (check out the trailer and thank me later!) you’ll be delighted to hear that as part of Voilah! French Festival Singapore, French visual artist Arnaud Nazare-Aga has transformed Saint-Exupéry’s illustrations into a collection of 13 all-white lacquered sculptures.
Aimed at bringing Saint-Exupéry’s illustrations to life through touch, Nazare-Aga’s exhibition will be presented in the dark, highlighting the poetic and magical dream-like world of Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince. With audio versions of the book available at gallery, let your eyes, ears, hands and heart guide you through this truly immersive exhibition.
All the details
When: 6 May-20 June
Where: Société Générale Gallery, 2/F Alliance Francaise, 1 Sarkies Road, Singapore 258130
How much: Free!