H.E Mr. Christophe Lecourtier attends the launch of the “The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800-1804”exhibition
On Thursday July 7 2016 H.E Mr. Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador to France in Australia, attended the official opening of “The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800-1804” at the South Australian Maritime Museum, which was hosted by the Director of the museum, Mr. Kevin Jones. He was joined by special guests Minister for the Arts The Hon. Jack Snelling, Deputy-Mayor of Le Havre Mr. Luc Lemonnier, Director of International Relations of Le Havre Ms. Fiona Paladini, Director of The Museum of Natural History of Le Havre Dr. Cédric Crémière, and French Honourary-Consul in Adelaide Ms. Sue Crafter.
Mr. Kevin Jones, H.E. Mr. Christophe Lecourtier, Mr. Luc Lemonnier, Ms. Fiona Paladini, The Hon. Jack Snelling and Dr. Cédric Crémière admire the exhibition
In October of the year 1800, the renowned French explorer Nicolas Baudin’s ships Géographe and Naturaliste embarked from Le Havre in for the southern continent carrying an impressive contingent of scientists and scientific assistants, with the complete sponsorship and support of Napoléon Bonaparte. On board were Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas Martin Petit, who returned to France as very fine artists after documenting the unknown flora and fauna of Australia and delicately portraying the Aboriginal people in their drawings.
55 of these drawings from the remarkable collections of Le Havre Museum of Natural History in France are currently on display at the South Australian Maritime Museum. Charles-Alexandre Lesueur’s Poisson Diodon (porcupine fish) was chosen as the symbol of the exhibition.
“The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800-1804” brings these special original works of art to the Australian audience, and as H.E Mr. Christophe Lecourtier stated, returns “the chronometer of Nicolas Baudin to Australia for the first time since the expedition”.
H.E. Mr. Christophe Lecourtier
H.E Mr. Christophe Lecourtier said that “when he decided to sponsor the Nicolas Baudin Expedition, Napoléon Bonaparte was dreaming “Big”! And so did the French Australian team which made this exhibition possible, and which allows us all to be here today”. The exhibition is a showcase of this bilateral teamwork, and according to the Ambassador, allows all those who discover it to “have the pleasure of taking part in the Creative France experience in South Australia”.
Mr. Michael Abbott, Ms. Sue Crafter and H.E. Mr. Christophe Lecourtier
“The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800-1804” will be running until Sunday December 11 2016. For more information, please visit the South Australian Maritime Museum website.