The Pop-Up Attraction "Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express" will be in Singapore at Gardens by the Bay - West Lawn from December 2020.
Following the 2014 exhibition in Paris that detailed the history of the Orient Express, Singapore has been chosen by the Orient Express as the first destination outside of France to kick-start a series of showcase that unveils a fairy-tale universe related to travel, culture and gastronomy. A historical and educational presentation for all ages spearheaded by the Arab World Institute (IMA), the pop-up attraction "Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express" will open in Singapore from December 2020 at Gardens by the Bay, until September 12th 2021.
“Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express” will present some of the most extraordinary objects and documents to showcase centuries old of history that retraces the legacy of the train, allowing visitors to discover events that transformed the world, and shaped the map. It is a unique opportunity for visitors to explore the tracks and landscapes that generations before had once travelled on, and witness what then, only a few explorers and diplomates had. These all bring to mind the initial voyages of this legendary train designed by Georges Nagelmackers.
"Designing and staging a display like the Orient Express in Singapore meant collecting around 300 precious items and documents, having to restore some of them and adapt many of the furniture and displays to its former glory. It involved shipping historic monuments – a locomotive built in France 158 years ago and a 1930s sleeper car, weighing close to 200 tonnes, it is undoubtedly one of the heaviest to be shipped across the world. All these elements needed to be housed in a custom built infrastructure with the right conditions to store, preserve and protect the artworks and displays. This is especially due to the hot and humid climate in Singapore," said Claude Mollard, Curator of “Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express."
Public ticket sales for the pop-up attraction of the "Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express" in SISTIC and will open from December 2020.
Visiting the actual Orient Express was so cool.. This has to be one of the most fascinating exhibitions I've ever visited! Highly recommended, especially for history buffs!
Awesome experience includes a unique brunch designed by 3-Michelin starred Chef Yannick Alléno inclusive of free-flow Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial champagne.
A facinating journey through the history of the Orient Express, reliving the experience of travellers who boarded the train more than 100 year ago
A First In History
For the first time ever two of the original train carriages and locomotive will leave France destined for Singapore to sit pride of place within the 2000m2 exhibition space. “Designing and staging a display like the Orient Express in Singapore meant collecting around 300 precious items and documents, having to restore some of them and adapt many of the furniture and displays to its former glory. It involved shipping historic monuments – a locomotive built in France 158 years ago and a 1930s Pullman car, 2 carriages, classified as National Treasures of France, will be the entry into the world of discovery. This pop-up attraction retraces a highly fantastical universe from an incredible collection of pieces from a bygone era, presenting objects and documents summarising the history of the Orient Express – posters, menus, crockery, cutlery, suitcases, stained glass windows and furniture testifying to a luxury now by gone.
Immerse Yourself Into The past
Allegories of travel presented through large displays of trunks address social, cultural and technical themes linked to the adventures of the Orient Express, looking back on the art of living on-board as they evoke the scenic stopovers placed on its route such as London, Paris, Venice, Istanbul, Aleppo, Damascus, Baghdad, Cairo, Luxor and Aswan. Visitors can also immerse in documentaries, newsreels and film clips that will elicit the rich literary and cinematographic heritage inspired by the Orient Express. Set to replicate the heyday of luxury rail travel, the trains cars ooze history and intrigue. From the trains guests will immerse themselves in a larger than life world of artifacts, interactive displays and historical facts that explain the astonishing dream and journey of the Orient Express from Europe to the Orient. See uniforms, shields, a sleeping car, affiches, Louis Vuitton original luggage used back in time, priceless porcelain, and much much more, original piece of the carriage exhibited in big blue trunks.
Come and dine in the replica restaurant car for, brunch, lunch, high tea or dinner, where guests will experience a bespoke menu crafted with luxury and fusion in mind, by 2 time 3 Michelin star French Chef Yannick Alléno.
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Chef Yannick Alléno
Best known for helming Pavillon Ledoyen and L'Abysse in Paris and Le 1947 in Courchevel, double three Michelin- starred Chef, Yannick Alléno has created a magical experience for the Orient Express Exhibit.
Chef Yannick Alléno advocates a French cuisine that draws its strength from its heritage but is also ambitious in its creativity. He is at the helm of over a dozen restaurants that form Le Groupe Alléno, and bearer of a never-ending stream of accolades, including a culmination of thirteen Michelin stars. The pop-up restaurant in Singapore will be Chef Yannick Alleno’s third collaboration with the Orient Express.
“L’Orient- Express is a fairytale universe that has always spread out ‘l’art de vivre à la Française’ in the entire world. I am very proud to be once again associated to that amazing brand and to be able to offer a pop up coffee and restaurant especially made for the exhibition "Once Upon in Time on the Orient Express" in Singapore.” ~ Yannick Alléno
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