ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY
Un Petit Prince parmi les Hommes

Sous le haut patronage de Monsieur Emmanuel Macron, Président de la République.

Célébration du 120e anniversaire de la naissance d’Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Every book has a story and that of the Little Prince begins with the birth of Antoine de Saint Exupéry. The French writer, poet, aviator and reporter was born on 29 June 1900 in Lyon and disappeared on duty on board his Lightning P- 38 of Reconnaissance Group II/33, under American command (M.A.A.F. Mediterranean Allied Air Force), on 31 July 1944, off the coast of Marseille. Declared "Death for France", an inscription in the Pantheon honours the memory of the great writer and fighter.

L’écrivain aviateur est mondialement connu pour Le Petit Prince, conte philosophique empreint à la fois de poésie et d’un regard critique singulier vis-à-vis de la nature humaine. Publié en 1943 à New York, puis en France chez Gallimard en 1946, à titre posthume, ce livre devient très vite un immense succès mondial. Depuis sa première édition, Le Petit Prince continue son incroyable voyage à travers les frontières et les générations. Avec plus de 200 millions d’exemplaires vendus et près de 400 traductions, il est l’ouvrage de littérature française le plus connu et le plus lu au monde.

But Antoine de Saint Exupéry is more than that. Antoine de Saint Exupéry is a simple, direct and straightforward man like his style and the men he admires, the Guillaumet, the Mermoz, the pioneers of l'Aéropostale or, in 1940, the comrades of Group II/33. Through his life and his works, he transmitted universal values which today find a very special resonance in a world context subject to crises and tensions.

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A pioneering and visionary spirit : particularly around the themes of exploration and environmental protection: "The future, you don't have to foresee it but to allow it," he wrote in Citadelle.

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Humanism: throughout his life, Saint Exupéry never ceased to denounce and fight the defects that give rise to so many of these problems: indifference, withdrawal into oneself, intolerance. He opposes them with the profound meaning of a humanist ideal. "Why hate ourselves? We stand together, swept away by the same planet, crew of the same ship. ", he writes in Terre des hommes.

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Commitment: for Saint Exupéry, there is of course an intellectual and military commitment, but above all there is a moral commitment. "If respect for man is founded in the hearts of men, men will eventually found in return the social, political or economic system that will enshrine this respect. A civilization is founded first of all in substance. " he writes in the Lettre à un otage.

At the time of the 120th anniversary of his birth, this is an opportunity to learn or to relearn, to get to know him... Notably through this new exhibition of 1700m2.

Join the Little Prince in Lyon and discover the exciting life of his creator

In the exhibition Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Un Petit Prince parmi les Hommes (a Little Prince among men), two worlds are meeting and finally merging. Although, they have a common thread from the outset of the visitors’ route: Antoine’s mother, Marie de Saint Exupéry, who will guide them throughout their journey.

The wonderful world of the Little Prince

In the first section, the art installation of Arnaud Nazare-Aga materialises perfectly the wonderful world of the Little Prince. Under sculptures floating in the dark outer space, the visitor is revisiting the story of this little man coming from a distant planet to tell us about humans.

The fascinating life of Saint Exupéry

Si Le Petit Prince est connu à travers le monde, la vie de son auteur l’est sans doute moins. Pourtant, celui-ci a toujours nourri son œuvre de sa propre vie. Et quelle vie ! Aviateur passionné, pionnier de l’aviation, écrivain combattant lors de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, Antoine de Saint Exupéry est un personnage de roman aux multiples facettes. C’est la première fois qu’autant d’objets personnels, photos, manuscrits et dessins sont ainsi rassemblés pour raconter sa vie.

The fusion of two worlds

The two worlds merge in a final grand immersive space where the author and his famous character are playing hide-and-seek. This panting crossover lead to a happy end in apotheosis.

The Little Prince’s workshop

Lastly, an interactive workshop calls on the visitor to express himself, to react and to make choices. He will be confronted to situations related to the life and work of the writer, and will have to choose among thoughts, attitudes and reactions, the one he is more familiar to.

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Conçue et réalisée par Tempora, agence spécialisée dans la conception, réalisation et gestion d’expositions et de sites culturels et touristiques. En partenariat avec la Fondation Antoine de Saint Exupéry pour la Jeunesse, le Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace, l’Armée de l’Air et de l’Espace et l’Envol des Pionniers

Cette exposition sera itinérante et internationale : après Lyon et Toulouse, elle s’installera à Bruxelles et à Paris. D’autres villes ont déjà marqué un intérêt.