By Gabriel Kenedi
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The temporary exhibition dedicated to the writer-aviator, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ends on November 6, 2022 at The Flight of the Pioneers.
An expo that provided more than 55,000 visitors
By entering the 400m aircraft hangar2, visitors indeed go to meet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry “the aviator”, discover the key moments of his life and the plane associated with each of these periods. “This exhibition was set up on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the first edition of The Little Prince”, recalls John Baptist Desboisthe managing director of Semeccel, the structure that manages the Cité de l’espace and the Envol des Pionniers.
After being closed for several months due to the Covid-19 crisis, this exhibition was welcomed more than 55,000 visitors since July 2021, including 6,500 school children. “This has allowed the Envol des Pionniers to gain strong notoriety at the national level. We have gone from 36% of visitors from outside Occitania in 2019 to 48% today, ”rejoices Jean-Baptiste Desbois.
“In the places where history was written”
Special feature of this exhibition? “It takes place in the very places where Saint Exupéry worked. Because l’Envol des Pionniers tells the story of the airmail service, its airmen and their teams, while depending on this story in the present and in the future. We are therefore in the very places where this story was written”, specifies Jean-Baptiste Desbois.
It is in this very place that Antoine de Saint Exupéry flew for the first time as a pilot. “It was indeed Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s first professional adventure. He had started to fly before but in an amateur way. His first employment contract was at the airmail service that he had”.
The opportunity to discover Saint Exupéry under another facet
There are therefore only a few days left to (re)discover this unprecedented exhibition on this legendary man, which will allow the visitor through sound and visual installations, unpublished documents, to discover another facet of the creator of the Little Prince: that of the daring aviator.
L’Envol des Pionniers offers visitors exceptional pieces, “like a copy of Vol de Nuit which he gave to Pierre-Georges Latécoère and autographed by Antoine de Saint Exupéry himself”.
Cité de l’Espace: 400,000 visitors in 2022?
The Cité de l’Espace is doing well, to the point of regaining its levels of attendance known before the Covid crisis. “The good surprise today is that the Cité de l’Espace should return to the level of our three best attendance years: 2017, 2018, 2019. We should therefore be around the end of the year of 400,000 visitors. It’s really the result of a lot of work that we carried out in March 2020. We imagined right now, adapted online animations in order to keep in touch with our audience. And we continued to invest so that the public wants to come back. In 2023, we are going to open the Lune Explorer, which promises to be a great immersive experience, and which will further strengthen the attractiveness of the Cité de l’espace”, enthusiastic Jean-Baptiste Desbois.
The Flight of the Pioneers
Exhibition “Saint-Exupéry, a little prince among men” to see until November 6, 2022, at L’Envol des Pionniers, 6 rue Jacqueline Auriol, in Toulouse.
Prices: 5 euros for 5-18 year olds; 8 euros for adults. More info on the dedicated website.
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