BnF commemorates 100th anniversary of Edith Piaf’s birth

Édith Piaf exhibition, Bibliothèque nationale de France, April 14–August 24, 2015
Affiche exposition Édith Piaf, Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF, 2015
Édith Piaf exhibition, Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), April 14–August 24, 2015

The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Edith Piaf’s birth (December 19, 1915) with an exhibition presenting Piaf’s recordings, photographs, posters, letters and performance programs. Also included is her iconic black dress.

Edith Piaf’s little black dress

This black dress is inextricably linked to Edith Piaf. And it’s not a coincidence. She insisted on this dress for its austerity and simplicity so that her appearance would not distract the spectators. She was asked several times to wear something more appealing, but the strong-willed sparrow — 1m47 (4’8″) — always refused.

— Cécile Obligi, BnF Chroniques N° 51 novembre-décembre 2009, page 28

Performances

Related events include performances of two plays that Jean Cocteau wrote for Piaf, Le Bel Indifférent and Le Fantôme de Marseille. Close friends, Piaf and Cocteau died within 6 hours of each other on October 11, 1963.

Music events include two concerts: Nouvelle Star 2008 winner, Amandine Bourgeois sings Piaf and Piaf Remix by DJ Claude Challe, creator of the famous Buddha Bar sound.

A catalogue of the exhibition is available for 39 €.

The music

A best of from the BnF’s music collection.

SEE ALSO Édith Piaf, 50 years gone

Exhibition details

April 14–August 23, 2015
Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)
François-Mitterrand Library, Gallery 2
Quai François-Mauriac, Paris, 13
Visit website
Press release

Toddler photograph of Edith

Photo by Apic/Getty Images [UNSPECIFIED – OCTOBER 13: young Edith Piaf (real name Edith Gassion) here as a child c. 1918]

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