The BnF and contemporary prints, a forward-looking decision
The National Library of France (the BnF) holds no less than 40 million books, prints, periodicals, manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings, and further items. More than a quarter of these are contained within the Department of Prints and Photography. Led by Cécile Pocheau-Lesteven, the dynamic section of contemporary prints and artist’s books is developing future-oriented initiatives in support of contemporary print art and the increasing number of young artists taking significant interest in this medium.
For its upcoming second edition, SOON, the contemporary limited edition art fair will present a selection of prints, in alliance with the BnF, from the national library’s collection to showcase the latter’s endorsement of this artistic production. Without the pretense of being entirely exhaustive, the group of works thus assembled will appeal to artists (Jean-Michel Alberola, Jean-Charles Blais, Jasper Johns, Lamarche-Ovize, A.R. Penck, Markus Raetz, Ed Ruscha, Barthélémy Toguo…) for the wide array of styles and techniques that it encapsulates. Displaying lithographs, etches, aquatints, drypoints, and screen prints, amongst others, will mirror the multifaceted nature of contemporary art. Maintaining this degree of diversity contributes to contemporary art’s perpetual renewal.
Philippe Piguet, artistic director of SOON PARIS/ Le Salon de l’OEuvre Originale Numérotée