Baudin's Voyagers 1800-1804
See exquisite illustrations by French artists made during Nicolas Baudin’s exploration of Australia.
The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800 -1804 brings over 340 of the original paintings and drawings from the Museum of Natural History in Le Havre, France to Australian audiences for the first time, with a different suite of paintings showcased at each touring venue.
The exhibition also showcases material from other French institutions, much of which has never before been displayed in Australia. These include Baudin’s chronometer, exquisite coastal profiles, hand drawn maps, and Baudin’s personal journal from France’s National Archives.
The exhibition showcases original sketches and paintings created by Baudin’s artists Charles Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit during the voyage of 1800-1804. Lesueur and Petit created their paintings and drawings on the shores and off the coasts of Australia and captured some of the first European views of Australian animals, landscapes and very first portraits of Aboriginal people.
The museum would like to advise visitors that this exhibition may contain the names and images of deceased Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.
Image: Poisson Diodon (porcupine fish), Charles-Alexandre Lesueur, watercolour and ink on paper. Museum d'histoire naturelle, Le Havre.
Open daily, 9.30am–5pm, until 26 November 2017.
Included in the Free Galleries Ticket.
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South Australian Maritime Museum: 30 June – 11 December 2016
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston: 7 January – 20 March 2017
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart: 7 April – 9 July 2017
Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney: 31 August – 26 November 2017
National Museum of Australia, Canberra: 15 March 11 June 2018
Western Australian Museum, Perth: 12 September – 12 February 2019
The international loans for the exhibition fall under The Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme which provides legal protection for cultural objects on loan from overseas lenders for temporary public exhibition in Australia. For a list of the international loan items in Art of Science please visit the PCOL page of the NMA.
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Museum d’historie Naturelle Le Havre
Supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.
Supported by the Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance (AGIEI) Program. This program provides funding for the purchase of insurance for significant cultural exhibitions. Without AGIEI, the high cost of insuring significant cultural items would prohibit this major exhibition from touring to Australia.
Exhibition developed and presented by: South Australian Maritime Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum, National Museum of Australia, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Western Australian Museum, with the generous cooperation of the Museum d’histoire naturelle du Havre
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