Le Magasin central des imprimés
The suite was commissioned by les Amis de la Bibliothèque nationale de France(BnF) to both
document and celebrate the cavernous stacks, the storage area designed by Henri Labrouste in the 19th
century, now emptied of all books in preparation for a major renovation. The artist was able to
faithfully transcribe the architecture of the space, while transforming it into a dramatic visual
vernacular unmistakably his own.
Edition of 75: 50 ex. (numbered 1-50) sold en suite with frontispiece; 25 ex. (numbered 51-75) sold
separately, excluding the frontispiece.
Suite: $7,500 / Individual impressions @ $1700
Photos of MCI suite © JC Barry, 2013.