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“Anselm Kiefer books exhibit”

French National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France)
Ranked #187 of 1,282 things to do in Paris
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Owner description: This modern glass and chrome masterpiece standing on the banks of the Seine River is also one of the largest research libraries in the world.
Reviewed 30 January 2016

This show displays how Kiefer uses the theme of books in his art works.
The exhibition covers two large halls and complements the much larger show running concurrently at the Pompidou Museum.
The artist is versatile and inventive but some of the more esoteric endeavors become repetitive.

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Reviewed 6 December 2015

Designed by the Architect Dominique Perrault.
The 4 towers symbolise 4 opened books and simultaneously book shelves facing the lower level forest area protected as a shield box, making it inaccessible and untouchable, as something incomparably valuable, and for that reason can not be touched to not harm.

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Reviewed 5 December 2015

To get to the books and research levels you need to be a member. But we had a great time seeing the 20 foot globes form the 1600's and all of the lectures and talks and exhibits that were available.

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Reviewed 1 November 2015

We sought out the Bibliotheque Nacional because it hosted a small and fine exhibit of works by Anselm Keifer, a favorite painter and sculptor. The gallery space is nicely lit, wide-open and very apt for a small show of large-scale objects like this one. The library is obviously very well-used, with a ticketing system for scholars to enter the stacks and study areas. Public areas and clean and airy, so this very busy building did not feel overly crowded -- all but for a display of contemporary graphics hung on the walls of a heavily traveled hallway. As much wall space as there must be in these buildings, this could've been better done.
My only real complaint was the lack of outdoor directional signs and indications of where this exhibit was going on. The library is four monumental buildings set around a no-man's land of concrete -- the entrance, once we figured out which building to enter, was sunk down below ground-level. Yet another act of architecture perpetuated on unsuspecting citizens... but now that I've cracked the secret, I will visit again.

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Reviewed 23 October 2015

I thought the Library of Congress was large but France has it beat. Four large towers are connected to house an enormous collection of books and exhibits. Easy to get to by metro (Francois Mitterand stop) and a short 2 block walk and you are there.
The guards are helpful and directed us to the permanent globes of Louis XIV. We expected to see traditional table globes, perhaps embelished with jewels but found two enormous globes that took two years to make. There is an English pamphlet explaining their history, etc. as well as several wall panels that provide a panoramic view of the decorative features one cannot make out because the globes are so high. One globe is maplike with gorgeous painting of the earth; the second is of the solar system and horoscope.
Another room shows how the globes were constructed and restored - but all in French. Without the language, you can still gain insight.
We visited a gallery that featured photos and movies of an African village. Very interesting. While there were other exhibits, the back and feet gave out. It was worth the visit, however.

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