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Olivier Rousteing, creative director of Balmain, launches a competition with the theme “The Little Prince”.

On the occasion of World Little Prince Day, June 29, Olivier Rousteing, Creative Director of Balmain, is launching a competition on the theme The little Prince.

June 29 is a special date. Every year the whole world celebrates the Day of the Little Prince in memory of the work of Antoine de Saint-Exupery (born June 29), a World War II pilot and famous writer. Translated into over 500 languages ​​and dialects, The little Princea form of semi-autobiographical short story, is the most translated work of French literature in the world.

This year, on the occasion of the Little Prince’s Day, Olivier Rousteingcreative director of Balmain and a big fan of the book, launches an art competition on the theme The little Prince “You can only see clearly with your heart.” To enter and win a prize, all you have to do is submit your creations (drawings, paintings, poems, videos, or even choreography) inspired by this quote from The little Prince by sending an email to [email protected]or by posting your proposal directly on social networks with the hashtag #lepetitprinceday until June 27th.

At the same time, the original manuscript The little Prince presented in France for the first time, several drawings not saved for final publication. The centerpiece of the permanent collection Morgan Library and Museum, this manuscript never left New York due to the fragility of the paper. The exhibition “Meet the Little Prince” at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, which runs until June 26, 2022, features more than 600 exhibits, including the mentioned manuscript, as well as watercolors, sketches, photographs, poems and excerpts from correspondence. . Forbes Meets Anne Monnier Vanribcurator of the contemporary art department of the Museum of Decorative Arts, to talk about the exhibition and heritage The little Prince.

How did the idea of ​​the exhibition “Meet the Little Prince” come about and what is its purpose?

“I discussed with Alban Serisier, co-curator of the exhibition, the anniversary of the The little Princein France (75 years in 2021), and we quickly realized that this would be a great opportunity to organize an exhibition dedicated to this work. We started calling collectors and institutions. We quickly realized that many people would be happy to take part in our project. We started work on the exhibition in November 2019, and the opening was originally planned for April 2021. We are two curators, an assistant and a film crew of two people, but at least a dozen more …

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