When a Prince takes Flight: Alliance Française de Singapour Celebrates the Legacy of Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Presenting the only exhibition in the world to showcase original artefacts loaned by the Saint Exupéry Foundation on the anniversary of his disappearance. 

The exhibition, which is a highlight of vOilah! 2024 France Singapore Festival will be complemented by a series of workshops, film screenings, and other activities. 


[Singapore, 3 May 2024] Educational and cultural organisation, Alliance Française de Singapour presents “Antoine de Saint Exupéry: When a Prince takes Flight”, a remarkable exhibition – and part of the French Excellence programme, Saint Exupéry – celebrating the author behind the beloved classic, “The Little Prince”. Running from 3 May to 31 July 2024, this unparalleled exhibition pays tribute to Antoine de Saint Exupéry on the 80th anniversary of his disappearance. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore his legacy through a rare collection of exclusive artefacts, including first drafts of manuscripts, handwritten letters, original drawings and personal belongings, on loan from the Saint Exupéry Foundation. The cultural importance of the programme is acknowledged by the French State through the label “Mission Libération”.  

Over 12 months of meticulous preparation, in collaboration with Olivier d’Agay, Secretary General of The Antoine De Saint Exupéry Youth Foundation and the grand-nephew of Antoine de Saint Exupéry, the exhibition unfolds a captivating journey through the multifaceted life of the late Saint Exupéry. From his roles as a writer, adventurer, and pilot, every facet of his life is presented through the enchanting narrative of “The Little Prince”. Olivier will be in Singapore to provide valuable insights, highlighting his commitment to preserving his great-uncle’s legacy and strengthening cultural ties between France and Singapore through the Alliance Française. His presence underscores the global impact of Saint Exupéry’s work and the universal appeal of “The Little Prince”. 

“I am honoured to be part of this extraordinary event, organised by Alliance Française – a celebration of my great-uncle’s legacy that transcends borders and generations. To share his timeless wisdom and enchanting narratives with the vibrant community in Singapore is not just a privilege but a heartfelt duty, a testament to the enduring power of literature and the boundless imagination of Antoine de Saint Exupéry,” said Olivier d’Agay, Secretary General of The Antoine De Saint Exupéry Youth Foundation. 


Thoughtfully divided into three thematic sections – Adventurer, Writer, and WWII Hero – the exhibition offers an immersive exploration of Saint Exupéry’s extraordinary life and enduring legacy. Guests are invited on a captivating journey through the exhibition, where they can uncover a wealth of artefacts. Each discovery resembles an exciting treasure hunt with the true pinnacle being Exupéry’s engraved name bracelet, discovered at sea in 1998 on the site of his tragic plane crash towards the end of the Second World War. This remarkable artefact, discovered on 7th September 1998, by fisherman Jean-Claude Bianco off the creeks of Marseille, this chain bracelet was offered to Antoine de Saint Exupéry by Consuelo, his wife, in 1942, when they were in New York. 

Upon entering the first room with the ambiance of a private mansion, guests are transported to the author’s roots, with Saint Exupéry’s family portraits. Adorning the walls are galleries and timelines, providing a captivating glimpse into Saint Exupéry’s familial history and early influences. 

At the heart of the exhibition, the second room beckons visitors to delve deeper into Saint Exupéry’s dual identities as a writer and adventurer. From handwritten letters to original manuscripts, graciously loaned by the Saint Exupéry Foundation, this section showcases the author’s literary prowess and his passion for storytelling. Central to this mesmerising display is a breathtaking sculpture of paper planes, symbolising the delicate balance between Saint Exupéry’s adventurous spirit and his profound literary contributions.

The concluding section pays homage to Saint Exupéry’s heroic endeavours as a WWII Hero and pilot, highlighting his pivotal role during the war and his legacy to the world. Committed to delivering an innovative and immersive experience, Alliance Française de Singapour offers guests a unique virtual reality (VR) encounter, simulating the experience of flying a plane. 


Fabian Forni, Executive Director of Alliance Française de Singapour, conveyed his enthusiasm, remarking, “This exhibition holds great significance for us, as 31st July—the exhibition’s closing date— is recognised by the French state to commemorate the end of World War II, a period during which Saint Exupéry served as a pilot. This makes the exhibition truly remarkable in honouring his legacy”. 

Additionally, Saint Exupéry French Excellence programme will offer a diverse array of activities suitable for both adults and children. These activities encompass 17 screenings, ranging from the documentary “Invisible Essence: The Little Prince” – a compilation of Saint Exupéry’s most inspiring moments – to “The Little Prince”, a delightful movie introducing children to the extraordinary world of The Little Prince, where imagination knows no bounds. 

In addition, there will be six workshops offering creative pursuits such as coloured sand drawing and wooden plane building with Just Fly It, fostering creativity in both adults and children alike. Engaging talks will explore various aspects of travel, including firsthand experiences, anecdotes, and insights into the creation of travel guides, led by Lise De Rocquigny, a journalist and author. Renowned writer and illustrator of children’s books, Satomi Ichikawa, will also share her experiences and inspirations, allowing guests to glimpse into her travelling notebooks and witness her drawings and sketches firsthand. 


Adding dynamic flair to the programming via live performances, Hossan Leong, the famous comedian, captivates audiences with his storytelling of characters from Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s “The Little Prince”. Additionally, a mesmerising piano recital by Nour Ayadi will enchant listeners with her exceptional talent and grace, promising an unforgettable afternoon of music.  

Alliance Française de Singapour extends its heartfelt gratitude to its partners:  The Antoine de Saint Exupéry Youth Foundation, Credit Agricole, the French Embassy, Tikehau Capital, AXA XL, Perrier and Vittel, Air France, Fairmont and the Swisshotel the Stamford, the Science Centre of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Warner Bros Discovery, and Home Net Games. 

This exhibition is open to general public and free for all, including guided tours. For more information about Alliance Française de Singapour and other events of the programme, visit: 

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