Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Site François Mitterrand | Exhibition

Giuseppe Penone. Sève et pensée

from 12 October 2021 to 23 January 2022

Quai François Mauriac - 75706 Paris

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

Affiche de l'exposition Giuseppe Penone à la Bibliothèque national de France, Paris


The National Library of France in Paris presents a spectacular exhibition of the work of Guiseppe Penone, entitled Sève et pensée (Sap and thought), from 12 October 2021 to 23 January 2022. The main item is an installation – a monumental tree trunk on which the artist has inscribed his poetry – representative of his work which is a questioning of the relationship between humans and the natural world. The exhibition features other works by Penone as well as drawings, photographs, prints and books, further exploring his treatment of the close links between humans, the natural world and memory.


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Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Site François Mitterrand

The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) is responsible for more than 40 million documents collected over the five centuries of its existence. In addition to books, magazines, photographs, prints, maps, sheet music, audio and audiovisual documents and video games collected through legal deposit, the library’s collections also include manuscripts, coins and medals, and theatre sets and costumes. All intellectual, artistic, and scientific disciplines are represented, in an encyclopaedic spirit.
A place par excellence for the dissemination of knowledge, the BnF, on its various sites (François-Mitterrand, Richelieu, Arsenal and Opéra) offers reading rooms for study and research, and has a cultural programme both on site and online. Each year, it organizes some fifteen exhibitions to promote the richness of its collections and hosts some one hundred readings, lectures, shows and concerts. The François Mitterrand site hosts more than 200 cultural events: talks, colloques, projections, master classes and presents the annual festival Bibliothèque Parlante (in June) where the greatest actors gather for exceptional readings and meetings. The BnF collections can also be discovered through its many exhibitions featuring major literary figures (Proust, Champollion, Baudelaire, Tolkien, the Surrealists …) or major themes (the world of spheres, manuscripts of the extreme, a century of exploration…).
A programme of themed visits and practical workshops for all complements the cultural programme and the resources of the reading rooms.

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Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Site François Mitterrand

Quai François Mauriac
75706 Paris cedex Cedex 13
Tel.. +33 (0) 1 53 79 59 59

  • Subway - Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
  • RER - Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
  • SNCF - Gare d'Austerlitz
  • Bus - 62, 64, 89, 132, 325
  • Vélib' (rue Pau Casals, quai François Mauriac, quai de la gare)

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Hearing Hearing
  • Mental Mental
  • Physical Physical
  • Visual Visual

Access facilities

  • Adapted activities and visits
  • Loan of wheelchairs
  • Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
  • Free admission for the accompanying person
  • Priority admission

Accessibility information

Motor disability:
- Parking on request and presentation of a disability badge 48 hours in advance (, access to staff parking area from Monday to Saturday for arrival before 2.30pm and on Sundays for arrival between 11.45am and 1.45pm (please specify the names of all people attending and the registration number of the vehicle, due to the Vigipirate security plan)
- Floor-level entrance on Avenue de France and access by lift
- Lowered and adapted reception desk, access gate allowing for autonomy
- Adapted communal toilets with grab rail and adapted sink
- Restaurant with wide aisles and adapted tables for wheelchair users.
Visual impairment:
- Secure guiding path with tactile floor and sound terminals from the edge of the site to the welcome desk
- transparent glass walls/doors marked with contrasting elements
- no head-level obstacles in the corridors
- stairs with tactile and visual contrast before first step down with continuous hand rail and contrasting step edges
- lift with speakers to announce floor numbers, portable electronic magnifying glasses, video enlargers, reading machines, Vocale Presse software, braille and large font
- adapted exhibitions.
Hearing impairment:
- Magnetic induction loop, subscription to a French Sign Language interpreting service and real-time subtitles at all information points (this subscription also allows deaf and hard-of-hearing visitors to contact the Library online before arrival)
- auditoriums and certain public telephones equipped with induction loops
- tours and conferences interpreted in French Sign Language, audio headsets with induction loop available
Mental disability:
- Trained/educated staff
- easy to understand and legible signs with pictograms
- entrance monitored by CCTV and visible from reception.

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Sustainable development approach

The National Library of France has been committed to a sustainable development policy since 2007: green spaces are treated ecologically and favour the development of biodiversity, waste can be sorted in public spaces, works have allowed for a reduction in energy consumption.

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