Edith Piaf at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France

From April 14, 2015 to August 23, 2015
  • Édith Piaf and her first accordionist, Juel

    Édith Piaf and her first accordionist, Juel

    © PhotoStarpress, D.R/ BnF, prints and photographs

  • BnF


    © Paris Tourist Office - David Lefranc - Architect : Dominique Perrault

Edith Piaf at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France Quai François-Mauriac 75013 Paris fr

The national library (Bibliothèque nationale de France, called BnF), in Paris, organizes a major exhibition to celebrate Edith Piaf's birth centenary.

Hundreds of various documents- sound and written documents, images- evoke the destiny of a street singer who became a popular idol and an international icon. A moving tribute is so paid to one of the most famous voices of French music.

"Allez, venez Milord...", "Non, rien de rien...", "Si un jour la vie t'arrache à moi...": we all know Edith Piaf's songs. Her voice, her life, her repertoire: everyting contributed to turning the small street singer into a variety star, one of the major and worldwide famous figures of French popular culture.

The Bibliothèque nationale de France proposes to discover or re-discover the notes, pictures and words that made Edith Piaf a legend. Listening to and looking at theses documents, you will realize their emotional power but also their major part in the French cultural history and collective memory.

You will have the opportunity to re-discover the important moments of the singer's life and career. You will also be invited to see her from various points of view: how the daughter of travelling performers became the symbol of the French people; by what miracle she keeps being adulated by her admirers, whether famous or anonymous; and how a simple singer of realist songs could be transformed into a unique and admired artist.

The major part of documents on display belong to the BnF's collections that surprisingly hold various elements of popular culture: photographs, letters, posters, records, sound recordings and film excerpts.


Bibliothèque nationale de France
Galerie 2
Quai François-Mauriac
75013 Paris


Admission fees and rates

Full price : 7€

Reduced : 5€

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