The Cinémathèque is a hub of different cinematic tastes, constantly revisiting cinema throughout the ages, across the world and including all genres and boasts 4 theatres (with over 2000 screenings a year, exhibitions, a Museum, a host of meetings with cinema professionals, activities for young people, a library, a bookshop and a restaurant, all for a wide audience).
Outside its walls, the Cinémathèque française also produces or co-produces 5 temporary exhibitions a year around the world from the 500 films or 2,200 items from its collection.
This way, audiences can discover something new, and young people can find out more about the history of cinema every day.
One of the finest cinematic collections in the world 40,000 films, 3,000 costumes, 23,000 posters, 14,500 pieces of art, 2,300 items, 6,000 pieces of equipment, and more. The Cinémathèque française stands out through the degree to which it values its archives, equipment, costumes, posters, models and films. Over the years, the Cinémathèque française team have gathered together one of the finest cinematic collections in the world, which is constantly refurbished and added to thanks to the support of donors and patrons.
As a guest of honour at the International Rare Book Fair at the Grand Palais from 17th to 20th September 2020, The Cinémathèque française will showcase a selection of rare or distinguished items that exemplify the wealth of cinema's heritage, from Georges Méliès to Martin Scorsese.
The atelier du Livre d’art & de l’Estampe at the Imprimerie nationale is a vibrant studio which continues to print books from contemporary artists and authors in the fine French tradition of excellence that stretches back five centuries. A vibrant studio which demonstrates its modern character through the digitisation of historical printing typefaces and the creation of exclusive made-to-order contemporary fonts.
A tradition of excellence that goes back five centuries
The typeface designer, hallmark designers, the art caster, the typesetters and printers and the copperplate printers constitute an exceptional team who work on a daily basis with a set of machines that cannot be found anywhere else in the world and who maintain the wealth of the hallmarks office, which is made up of some 700,000 engraved items, most of which are classes as historical artefacts.
These artisans and masters of their craft can meet the needs of publishers, artists, gallery owners, book lovers, public institutions and private companies. The typesetters use the eight typefaces that are exclusive to the Imprimerie nationale; Garamond (or "Romain de l'Université"), Grandjean (or "Romain du Roi"), Luce (or "type poétique"), Marcellin-Legrand, Jaugeon, Gauthier, and most recently a typeface designed by Franck Jalleau in 2019: le Salamandre. They also have the largest collection of eastern typefaces in the world, and are able to write in over 65 different scriptures, with several different styles available in each one: Hieroglyphs, Coptic, Chinese, Ninevite, Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic (12 styles), Samaritan, Thai, Brahmi, Syriac, Tifinagh, and more.
Art books at the Imprimerie nationale
The role of the Imprimerie nationale has always been to make books for bibliophiles. Many masterpieces have been published by the institution since its creation in 1640. The very first book of paintings was printed on its presses in 1900. Countless renowned artists have had their books printed or published by the Imprimerie nationale, from Pierre Bonnard to Miquel Barceló. Several of these artist books are still available, as well as the first editions, limited editions or deluxe editions published in the "Lettres françaises", "La Salamandre" or "Acteurs de l’Histoire" collections.
An historic library
Boasting 35,000 volumes from the 16th century to today, the historic library of the Imprimerie nationale has more than just works published by the state institution, including specialist collections for the graphic arts, bibliophilia, eastern scholarship, travel, natural history, and more.
Demonstrations of punchcutting, type founding and typesetting will be on proposed during the exhibition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 2pm and 6pm.
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