LAST_UPDATEMon, 23 Jul 2018 1pm

Malaysian Songket To Be Featured In France Museum

Pic: BernamaPic: BernamaKUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian songket will be among the exhibit highlights at the France Musee Des Arts Asiatiques Guimet, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the museum and Malaysia's Islamic Arts Museum.

Speaking to reporters here today, Islamic Arts Museum's curatorial affairs department head, Dr Heba Nayel Barakat said the MoU would lead to greater cooperation between the Malaysian and French governments and create more opportunities for cultural exchanges.

She said the partnership would also see more Malaysian exhibitions in France and vice-versa, adding the two countries would also collaborate in human resource development, among others, allowing staff exchanges to learn about cultures.

"Via this partnership, the French will have the opportunity to learn about Malay culture," she said, noting the MoU was important as Malaysia aimed to go beyond Asia and be known worldwide.

Heba said the partnership would commence immediately after the signing of the MoU, and exhibitions would be held in both countries within two years.

There would be some allocation put aside for this collaboration, she said.

The signing of the MOU between the two museums was witnessed by French President Francois Hollande.

Hollande, accompanied by ministers, members of parliament, officials, as well as a business delegation, spent 30 minutes visiting the Islamic Arts Museum, which was founded by Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Albukhary.

The French president is on a two-day state visit to Malaysia, beginning last night, as part of his first visit to ASEAN, which also includes his state visits to Singapore and Indonesia.

It was the second presidential-level visit from Paris to Kuala Lumpur after former president, Jacques Chirac's state visit in July 2003.