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On the occasion of the bicentenary of the decipherment of hieroglyphs, the François Mitterrand Library offers you an exhibition which focuses on the figure and discoveries of Jean François Champollion (1790-1832), father of Egyptology.
Barely 32 years old at the time, the young scientist exhibited his luminous interpretation of the graphic system of the ancient Egyptians.
Champollion thus offers the world knowledge of the names of the pharaohs who built the pyramids, the deciphering of the books of the dead found in the tombs and the understanding of a lost language and literature.
The exhibition includes nearly 350 pieces (manuscripts, prints, photographs, papyri, etc.), from the collections of the BNF and from exceptional loans, in particular from the Louvre Museum and the Egizio Museum in Turin. They will introduce the public to the “Champollion method”, and bring life back to a civilization that still fascinates today.
The exhibition also reveals the figure of the father of Egyptology but also of the man who was Champollion, his ardor, his immense curiosity, his temperament as well as his literary qualities.

From April 12, 2022 to July 24, 2022.
Francois Mitterrand Library
Quai Francois Mauriac 75706 Paris
Line 6 station Quai de la Gare
Line 14 Library François Mitterrand station.
RER C station Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand.
Price 9€