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A.-P. de Candolle: The Passion for Knowledge


The Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the City of Geneva pays homage to its founder Augustin-Pyramus de Candolle (1778-1841) through to related exhibitions, The Passion for Knowledge and The Garden, 200 years of passion.

THE PASSION FOR KNOWLEDGE

This exhibition highlights the life and work of one of the most celebrated botanists of the nineteenth century, born in Geneva but attaining international stature. An heir to the enlightenment and emblematic figure in the history of botany, Candolle led a nomadic career between Paris, Montpellier and Geneva pursuing research topics proper to the late eighteenth-century. He also personified the impassioned citizen-scholar of the nineteenth century leading a prominent role in the social life of Geneva. He tirelessly assembled an enormous herbarium and produced a vast body of scientific work while devoting himself to institutionalizing, professionalizing, and popularizing botany. His founding of the Botanical Garden Geneva at the Bastions in Geneva in 1817 was one of his most outstanding achievements.

The originality of his theoretical ideas, the unity of his thought, and the richness of his observations of the plant world created a structure favoring the rise of the greatest figures in Botany.

The exhibit is arranged outdoors surrounding the Villa Le Chêne, and continues into the adjacent library, where items which belonged to A.-P. de Candolle or form part of our collections are on display.

The exhibitions are bilingual
Opening times: 8h à 19h30
Until October 14, 2018
Entrance free of charge