Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Site François Mitterrand | Exhibition

Avedon's France. Vieux Monde, New Look (Old World, New Look)

from 18 October 2016 to 26 February 2017

13 quai François-Mauriac - 75013 Paris

Gare d'Austerlitz - Bibliothèque nationale de France F. Mitterrand - 13e Arrondissement

Photo Avedon © DR


From 18 October 2016 to 26 February 2017, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France exhibits the works from the American artist Richard Avedon, known for his fashion clichés and portraits of key figures. More than 200 works of which portraits of Jean Cocteau, Coco Chanel, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Genet, Jeanne Moreau, Yannick Noah and Isabelle Adjani are presented to the public and enable you to discover his view of France, of which he was particularly fond.


All public

Prices and times

From 10am to 7pm. From 1pm to 7pm on Sunday. Closed on Monday and public holidays

Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard

Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Site François Mitterrand

Architect Dominique Perrault combined wood, glass and steel in his design of the BNF, inaugurated in 1996. On each of the four corners of this huge esplanade stands a tower in the shape of an open book, creating an overall sense of airiness and harmony, despite the monumental nature of the ensemble. The reading rooms look out over the central platform, with its inner garden, resembling a forest. Inside, visitors can discover two spectacular Louis XIV globes and benefit from a regular programme of large temporary exhibitions. Outside, a cinema complex, food trucks and numerous restaurants provide the area with a lively atmosphere. Curious-minded visitors should continue their stroll to Les Frigos. This former refrigeration station, built in 1921, now houses 120 artists and craft workers (painters, sculptors, photographers, etc.). The annual ‘Portes Ouvertes’ event is an ideal opportunity to pay a visit and enjoy the exhibitions and concerts organized for the occasion. On the way back to the library, enjoy a stroll along the Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir that links the area to Bercy on the Right Bank. Reserved for pedestrians and cyclists, it offers lovely views of the library and the Seine.

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Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Site François Mitterrand

13 quai François-Mauriac
75013 Paris
Tel.. +33 (0) 1 53 79 59 59

  • Subway - Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, Quai de la Gare
  • Bus - 62, 89

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Hearing Hearing
  • Physical Physical
  • Visual Visual

Access facilities

  • Adapted activities and visits
  • Loan of wheelchairs

Accessibility information

- Physically disabled: parking spaces available upon presentation of proof. Lifts to reading rooms, access gates enabling independence.
- Visually impaired: portable electric magnifying glasses, video magnifiers and reading machines, Vocale Presse software, Braille print or large print. Adapted exhibitions.
- Hearing impaired: reception in East entrance hall, auditoriums and some public telephones are equipped with induction hearing loops, tours and conferences often interpreted into French Sign Language, audio guides with induction hearing loops available.

The reservations office offers tours of the François-Mitterrand site upon reservation, aimed at disabled visitors.

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Contact: +33 (0)1 53 79 49 49

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