Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche Celebrates the Written Word with “Mise en Page” Exhibition

A deep dive into the bottomless sources of inspiration found in books

In a world increasingly driven by digital media, the enduring allure of the printed word retains its power to captivate and inspire. Nowhere is this sentiment more vividly celebrated than at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche’s latest exhibition, “Mise en Page,” a homage to the timeless magic of books and the rich tapestry of storytelling they embody. Running from February 24 to April 21, 2024, this immersive event promises to enchant bibliophiles and casual readers alike with its curated exploration of literary culture.

At the heart of this literary odyssey is the collaboration with esteemed bibliophile Sarah Andelman, whose discerning eye and passion for the written word have left an indelible mark on the world of retail and publishing. Co-founder and image director of the legendary concept store Colette from 1997 to 2017, Andelman brings her visionary touch to Le Bon Marché, weaving together a narrative that celebrates the art of reading, writing, and creative expression.

A Journey Through the Pages

As visitors step through the doors of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, they are greeted by a kaleidoscope of literary delights. The ground floor sets the stage with a captivating showcase of iconic bookstores from across the globe, each offering a glimpse into the vibrant worlds they inhabit. From the storied shelves of New York’s The Strand to the eclectic charm of Pillow-Cat Books, and the avant-garde offerings of Tokyo’s Cow Books, this curated collection pays homage to the diversity and vitality of independent bookshops. Exclusive merchandise and collaborations with renowned publishers further elevate the experience, inviting guests to immerse themselves in the tactile pleasures of book culture.

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“Just an Idea Books and Friends”:

Ascending to the second floor, visitors encounter the pièce de résistance of the exhibition: “Just an Idea Books and Friends.” Curated by Sarah Andelman herself, this curated space showcases a curated selection of five new books alongside the esteemed collection of 17 titles released under the Just an Idea Books imprint since 2021. With its eclectic blend of genres and perspectives, the collection reflects Andelman’s unwavering commitment to championing atypical artists and unconventional narratives.

Renowned illustrator Jean Jullien lends his distinctive vision to the exhibition, transforming the space into a whimsical realm where imagination knows no bounds. From the enchanting displays adorning the store windows to the playful installations scattered throughout the interior, Jullien’s creations invite visitors to embark on a journey of discovery and delight.

A Celebration of Creativity and Collaboration:

At its core, “Mise en Page” is more than a mere exhibition—it is a celebration of creativity, collaboration, and the enduring power of the written word to inspire, provoke, and unite. Through its diverse array of programming, including author talks, literary salons, and interactive workshops, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche invites visitors to engage with the rich tapestry of literary culture in all its forms.

As the exhibition unfolds, it serves as a poignant reminder of the profound impact that books continue to have on our lives, transcending time and space to ignite our imaginations and broaden our horizons. In an age defined by fleeting trends and digital distractions, “Mise en Page” stands as a testament to the enduring relevance of literature as a source of enlightenment, empowerment, and above all, inspiration.

For visitors and bibliophiles alike, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche’s “Mise en Page” offers a rare opportunity to rediscover the joy of storytelling, to connect with fellow enthusiasts, and to revel in the boundless possibilities that await between the pages of a book. As the exhibition unfolds, it invites us to pause, to reflect, and to celebrate the timeless magic of the written word—a treasure trove of wisdom, wonder, and endless exploration.