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Palaces on The Seas

The Golden Age of French Ocean Liners

28/05 (Wed) - 26/08/2014 (Tue)
Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Opening Hours: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (Monday to Friday)
10 am to 7 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Open on public holidays except the 1st and 2nd days of the Chinese New Year
Opening reception: 27/5/2014
This exceptional exhibition describes the golden age of travelling, when fine design and the art of living were an integral part of long distance trips to the four corners of the earth and especially the Far East!
About the exhibition

With  more  than  200  pieces  comprising  drawings,  posters,  models,  furniture,  costumes, illustrated books and photographs, this major exhibition is organised in a collaboration between the association “French Lines” and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, which has been newly installed close to the Star Ferry, facing Victoria Harbour, the first major port in Asia that today is the third largest in the world.

For nearly two hundred years ships have sailed the seven seas. Immense and majestic, they embodied innovation and industrial achievements, the world of galloping progress, and the splendour of the Western civilization in the triumphant 19th century.

Through  a  tour  organised  in  3  sections:  Invitation  to  Travel,  Lifestyle Shipboard, History  of  the Messageries Maritimes Far-East lines, "Palaces on the Seas" focuses on two large French cruise liners: “Compagnie Générale Transatlantique” and “Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes”, both of which carried über-wealthy travellers that desired comfort, modernity and new horizons in the Far East.

Keen  to  surprise  and  to  satisfy  their  passengers,  both  liners  asked  renowned  artists  to  develop  their  interiors. Architects  and  designers  such  as Dominique, Rulhmann, Lanel and Lalique, French Marine painters including  Brenet and Sébille,  poster  designers Colin,  Cassandre,  and  Sandy-Hook,  and  major  French  manufacturers  Christofle,  Ercuis,  Puiforcat,  St. Louis, and Haviland combined their creativity and skills for these floating palaces to remain unsurpassed. This extraordinary exhibition depicts a time when the highlife mingled in an artistic setting on a fun filled trip par excellence.About the exhibition

With  more  than  200  pieces  comprising  drawings,  posters,  models,  furniture,  costumes, illustrated books and photographs, this major exhibition is organised in a collaboration between the association “French Lines” and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, which has been newly installed close to the Star Ferry, facing Victoria Harbour, the first major port in Asia that today is the third largest in the world.

For nearly two hundred years ships have sailed the seven seas. Immense and majestic, they embodied innovation and industrial achievements, the world of galloping progress, and the splendour of the Western civilization in the triumphant 19th century.

Through  a  tour  organised  in  3  sections:  Invitation  to  Travel,  Lifestyle Shipboard, History  of  the Messageries Maritimes Far-East lines, "Palaces on the Seas" focuses on two large French cruise liners: “Compagnie Générale Transatlantique” and “Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes”, both of which carried über-wealthy travellers that desired comfort, modernity and new horizons in the Far East.

Keen  to  surprise  and  to  satisfy  their  passengers,  both  liners  asked  renowned  artists  to  develop  their  interiors. Architects  and  designers  such  as Dominique, Rulhmann, Lanel and Lalique, French Marine painters including  Brenet and Sébille,  poster  designers Colin,  Cassandre,  and  Sandy-Hook,  and  major  French  manufacturers  Christofle,  Ercuis,  Puiforcat,  St. Louis, and Haviland combined their creativity and skills for these floating palaces to remain unsurpassed. This extraordinary exhibition depicts a time when the highlife mingled in an artistic setting on a fun filled trip par excellence.

Education & Outreach Programme


Guided Tour
Every Saturday and Sunday during the exhibition period: Four 30-minute sessions per day at 2pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm and 4:30pm. Educational and charitable institutions are welcomed to request particular Group Visits.
* ALL Sunday tours are Family Tours, suitable for visitors of all ages.
Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Language: Cantonese (English by request)
No. of participants: 25
Target participants: All public
Fee: Free
Registration: Please fill in the simple Online Registration Form here:
- Registration for the period of May, June and July
- Registration for the period of August
A confirmation email will be sent to you accordingly.

 

A dedicated docent will guide you through the exhibition, tell you the stories behind the exhibit highlights. 

 

Lecture
"Les Messageries Maritimes à Hong Kong dans l’entre-deux-guerres." par M. François Drémeaux
31/05/2014 (Sat) | 14:30-16:00
Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Language: French
No. of participants: 100
Target participants: All public
Fee: Free
Registration: No registration is needed
First-come-first-served

 

Véritable trait d’union entre l’Extrême-Orient et l’Occident, la compagnie des Messageries Maritimes embarque passagers et marchandises sur ses immenses paquebots. A terre, les agences doivent s’assurer que les escales sont rapides et sans encombre. François Drémeaux s’est intéressé à celles de Hong Kong dans l’entre-deux-guerres. En amont comme en aval, c’est toute une organisation complexe et invisible qui permet un déroulement en apparence fluide. Sur la base des archives de l’association French Lines, François Drémeaux brosse le portrait d’une agence toujours en mouvement qui doit faire face à des tâches variées. D’anecdotes en statistiques, ce sont aussi des trajectoires humaines qui resurgissent et, en toile de fond, l’histoire de la colonie britannique et celle de la communauté française.

Conférencier : M. François Drémeaux, enseignant en histoire et géographie au lycée français international Victor-Segalen de Hong Kong et doctorant auprès de l’université d’Angers (France).
François Drémeaux enseigne à Hong Kong depuis 7 ans. Ancien correspondant de presse, il a quitté la France pour découvrir de nouveaux horizons. Après avoir vécu en Côte d’Ivoire et au Vietnam, il a posé ses valises dans l’ancienne colonie britannique et s’est épris de ce territoire fascinant. Il est également représentant du Souvenir français de Chine et travaille actuellement sur une thèse de doctorat sur l’histoire des Français de Hong Kong.

Lecture
"‘Messageries Maritimes’ : a French company in Hong Kong during the interwar period" by François Drémeaux
28/06/2014 (Sat) | 14:30-16:00
Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Language: English
No. of participants: 100
Target participants: All public
Fee: Free
Registration: No registration is needed
First-come-first-served

 

A true link between the Far East and the West, the French company « Messageries Maritimes » embarked passengers and goods on its greats liners. On land, agencies must ensured that the port call were fast and without any problems. François Drémeaux has been interested in the case of Hong Kong during the interwar period. Both upstream and downstream, it was an invisible and complicated organization that allowed smooth port calls. Based on the archives of the ‘French Lines’ Society, François Drémeaux provides a general overview of an agency always on the move dealing with lots of different tasks. From anecdotes to statistical results, this talk is an occasion to share human stories and, in the background, to watch from a specific point of view the history of the British colony and the one of its French community.

Speaker: Mr. François Drémeaux, teacher in history and geography at the French international school and PhD candidate at the Angers University (France). François Drémeaux is teaching in Hong Kong since seven years. He once was a journalist and left France to discover new horizons. After spending a few years in Ivory Coast and Vietnam, he decided to settle in Hong Kong and felt in love with this fascinating territory. He represents a French Remembrance Society and he is now working on a PhD about the history of the French community in Hong Kong.

Lecture
KAI TAK CRUISE TERMINAL BUILDING
12/07/2014 (Sat) | 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier No.8, Hong Kong
Language: English
No. of participants: 100
Target participants: All public
Fee: Free
Registration: First come, first served
James Marshall , Technical Director, Dragages Hong Kong

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Building sits on a piece of 7.6 hectares of
land at the southern end of the former runway at the Kai Tak
Development. Innovation and sustainability are the core principles of
its design. The building’s 42-m wide, column-free span is
one-of-a-kind in building projects, thus allowing maximum flexibility
in the utilisation of space and enabling the accommodation of
various events, from exhibitions and car shows to banquets and
concerts.

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Building was one of the first developments
in Hong Kong to receive a HK BEAM Plus Platinum Rating. A
commitment to both technical and social sustainability is reflected in
its low-energy design and its wide range of green features. The
extensive landscaped roof garden, which is Hong Kong’s largest
public roof garden, has become an urban oasis in the city.

The arrival of cruise liners in 2013 not only symbolised the opening
of Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Building, but also confirmed Hong Kong’s
status as one of the world’s leading regional cruise hubs.

For any inquiries, please contact Mr. Louis Cheung, Press & Communication Officer (Dept. of Culture, Education & Science, Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau) at education@frenchmay.com.

Want to join other education and outreach activities of Le French May 2014? Have a look at the page of Education & Outreach Programme: www.frenchmay.com/education.

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