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"Palaces of The Seas: The Golden Age of French Ocean Liners" exhibition opens in Hong Kong
Mr. Richard Wesley, Museum Director of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.
HONG KONG.- “Palaces on The Seas: The Golden Age of French Ocean Liners” Exhibition is being held from 28 May to 26 August 2014 at Hong Kong Maritime Museum, bringing you aboard the palaces on the seas to discover the art of sea travel. This exhibition features the golden age of travel on French ocean liners in the late 19th and early 20th century. The exhibition is one of the exciting programmes funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust’s HK$7.34-million donation. It is the third year that the Trust has been the major partner of this all-encompassing festival.

Two famous French cruise lines are being featured in this stunning exhibition: Compagnie Générale Transatlantique and Les Messageries Maritimes. The exhibition displays more than 200 objects, including posters, drawings, silverware, ship models, costumes, illustrated books and photographs. Many of these exhibits are shown to the public in Hong Kong for the first time, offering visitors a unique travel experience from a bygone age of luxury and style.

Keen to surprise and to satisfy their passengers, both companies invited renowned artists to decorate their interiors, including architects and designers Dominique, Rulhmann, Lanel and Lalique, French marine painters such as Brenet and Sebille and poster designers Colin, Cassandre, and Sandy-Hook. Major French manufacturers including Christofle, Ercuis, Puiforcat, Saint Louis, and Haviland also contributed their creativity and skills to develop these “floating palaces”.

In addition to the exhibition, Le French May and Hong Kong Maritime Museum are also collaborating in an array of fun-filled, educational activities throughout the exhibition period with funding support from the Club’s Charities Trust.





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