* Decorative arts: ceramics, costumes, interior decoration, design,
* Graphic arts: arts of the book, poster and advertising arts,
* Applied arts: fashion, design, decoration, etc.
* Arts and crafts: woodwork, metalwork, pottery, glasswork, textiles, etc.
Regular exhibitions have always been organised with the aim of showcasing these collections.
The Forney Library is part of the municipal network of Parisian libraries, and more particularly the network of specialist and heritage libraries comprising the library of the Hôtel de Ville de Paris and the Historic Library of the City of Paris.
The Forney Library welcomes a very diverse public including students and professionals in the fields of art, applied arts, arts and crafts, graphic arts, fashion and design, teachers, researchers, amateurs and people with a curious disposition. Its collection of loan documents (including DVDs) attracts a wide-ranging public, going beyond researchers interested in heritage resources, who can make use of the warm reading rooms boasting a striking architectural character. Furthermore, as a historic monument in the Marais district, it attracts numerous visitors and tourists who are fascinated by this medieval building in the heart of Paris and the exhibitions its hosts.
During 2016, the Forney Library was closed to public for major refurbishment with a view to being able to welcome readers and visitors in the very best conditions: accessibility of the ground floor dedicated to exhibitions and shedding light on its collections, the rationalisation of its spaces and enhanced visibility regarding the areas intended for the public and reserved for staff, and greater clarity and fluidity of the movements of readers and visitors..
Renovation work is ongoing in 2018 on the 3rd floor of the building, dedicated to the iconographic and reserve collections, in order to further improve the levels of comfort offered to readers.
Within the framework of the policy defined by the Cultural Affairs Directorate, the Forney Library has developed an ambitious project with the aim of satisfying the existing public and attracting new visitors. Its cultural policy is manifested through exhibitions, a permanent circuit (when there are no temporary exhibitions), workshops and conferences focusing on arts and crafts, fashion, design, graphic arts and more.
A new circuit showcases the library’s architectural and documentary heritage, offering visitors the chance to enjoy the “treasures” of the Forney Library at their convenience. The main reading room is also visible from this circuit that is open to visitors. Attracted by the building’s spectacular exterior and keen to enjoy the heritage, visitors are invited to “step inside” and follow the free circuit – “the gallery” – which tells the history of the building and displays some of the library’s precious yet highly visible and accessible documents, either in their original format or using digital media (a multimedia device is provided by the Société des Amis de la Bibliothèque Forney – the Friends of the Forney Library). The library hosts conferences, workshops and cultural activities of every kind: groups, visits, art and craft demonstrations, artistic encounters and more.
* It participates in the organisation of exhibitions as well as producing brochures and postcards;
* Since 1962, it has published a regular newsletter which has become a genuine reference work in the fields of the decorative arts and artistic events;
* It organises guided visits of workshops and exhibitions.
The National Imprimerie's Art book & Printing Workshop is a living workshop which, in the purest tradition of French excellence going back five centuries, continues to print books produced by contemporary artists and authors. A living workshop, whose modernity is also expressed, for example, in the digitization of historical printed characters or by creating exclusive contemporary fonts to order.
A tradition of excellence going back five centuries
The typeface designer, the punchcutters, the founders, typesetters and printers and the copperplate printer form an exceptional team who work, day-in, day out, on a range of machines not found anywhere else in the world which ensure that the treasures of the punching workshop made up of some 700,000 engraved pieces, mostly classified as historical artifacts are maintained.
These master craftsmen and craftsmen can meet any request from editors, artists, gallery owners, book lovers, public institutions or private companies. The typsetters use the 7 characters exclusive to the Imprimerie Nationale, the Garamond or Romain de l'Université, the Grandjean or Romain du Roi, the Luce or poetic font, the Didot millimétrique, the Marcellin-Legrand, the Jaugeon and the Gauthier. They also have the largest collection of oriental characters in the world, enabling 65 scripts to be written, each one in several styles: Hieroglyphs, Coptic, Chinese, Assyrian, Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic (12 styles), Samaritain, Siamese, Brahmî, Syriac, Tifinagh, etc.
Art books at the Imprimerie Nationale
The Imprimerie Nationale's vocation has always been to create books for bibliophiles. Many of them are master pieces which it has published since 1640, the year it was established. The very first painting book was printed on its presses in 1900. Countless renowned artists were printed or edited by the Imprimerie Nationale, from Pierre Bonnard to Miquel Barceló. Several of these artist's books are still available as well as large advance copies which have appeared in the collections "Letters from French", "The Salamander" or "Great Figures in History".
A historic library
With more than 35,000 books from the XVIth century to the present day, the Imprimerie Nationale's historic library includes, in addition to resources dating back to the establishment of the State, of resources specializing in the graphic arts, bibliophilia, oriental learning, travel, natural history, etc.
Demonstrations shall be given during the event on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm.
Friday: typesetting and fonts
Saturday: typeface design and punch-cutting
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100 years of French luxury publishing
Renowned illustrators – including Paul Iribe, Cassandre, Loupot and Savignac – have also brought their style to bear. The Dubonnet and SS Normandie advertisements as well as the Vins Nicolas and Fourrures Max catalogues are just some of the famous creations produced by the Draeger printing company.