Opening of the exhibition ‘Art and Travel: Bring me back a souvenir’
n the superb surrounds of Carrick Hill House in Adelaide, the Ambassador of France opened an exposition showcasing the ‘Citroen cruises’ (the black cruise from 1924 to 1925 and the yellow cruise from 1931 to 1932) et and the work of the expeditions’ official painter, Franco-Russian Alexander Iakovleff.
Carrick Hill House was built by Ursula and Edward Hayward, well to do Australians with a passion for European and French art. The house contains an extensive collection of artworks from renowned artists such as Fantin-Lavour, Vuillard and Lalique. The Hayward collection also has an extensive collection of Iakovleff’s works.
On opening the exposition, the Ambassador highlighted the uniqueness of having such a vast collection of masterpieces in Adelaide, he underlined the passion that the Hayward’s had for French art as well as the technical, scientific and artistic adventures that were the Citroen cruises.