DNP and BnF Host "Globes in Motion" Exhibition from July 4 to September 18, 2016

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) are pleased to announce the July 4 launch of "Globes in Motion," an exhibition to be held until September 18, 2016, at the BnF François-Mitterrand in Paris, France.

The exhibition builds on the results from a project carried out in 2015 that took 55 particularly valuable terrestrial and celestial globes from the collection, which then underwent 3D digitization1, with a view to providing an opportunity for a broad-based audience to enjoy this unique historical heritage in Gallica, the digital library of the BnF.

"Globes in Motion, Decipher the World with 3D Digital Images," a Tokyo-based exhibition was launched at the DNP Gotanda Building in February, 2016, where an originally developed DNP multimedia system allowed visitors to gain insight into six examples of terrestrial and celestial globes from the BnF collection. The Paris-based exhibition marks the first time the BnF collection of terrestrial and celestial globes have been placed on digital display in France.

Image of exhibition space ©David Paul Carr / BnF

[BnF Multimedia System]

The Paris-based exhibition has adopted the same multimedia system as used in Tokyo that provides information and instructions in French, English and Japanese.


When viewing the collection, the basic information regarding the terrestrial and celestial globes is provided on a digital screen, in an easy to understand manner, along with a concise introduction to the 3D digitization efforts pursued by BnF and DNP.

"A Galaxy of globes to discover"

Using the DNP database viewing system, basic information from the 55 representative exhibits from the collection is presented under 10 topics with headlines, such as production techniques, and historical or geographical background.

3D viewing system

In addition to displaying the original terrestrial and celestial globes, which was difficult to realize from the standpoint of preserving the original exhibits, a digital viewer installed close by the exhibits allows for the viewing of high resolution 3D digital images. Visitors can expand, contract or revolve the images to view the more detailed points of the exhibits. And, as additional information including the features of the exhibit is also provided, the 3D images also offer viewers an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the displayed globes.

Exhibits on display

3D viewing systems have been provided for five of the six displays, include the three listed below.

From the collection of Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
©origin of source Gallica / Bibliothèque nationale de France

[General Information of Globes in Motion]

Exhibition dates

July 4 - September 18, 2016


Galerie des donateurs, at BnF François-Mitterrand, Quai François Mauriac, 75013 Paris

Opening hours

Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 20:00

Sunday 13:00 - 19:00

Closed on Mondays and public holidays


Claire Chemel and François Nawrocki (département des cartes et plans de la BnF)

Spatial design

Association PLOT

Skill-based patronage

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.


Fondation d'entreprise TOTAL

Further details: Please visit the Bibliothèque nationale de France website at

[3D Digitization Project]

In July 2015, DNP and BnF launched a joint project to promote the 3D digitization and spread of 55 particularly valuable exhibits from the BnF collection. Using the high resolution digital archive system developed by DNP, approximately 400 photographs of each terrestrial and celestial globe were taken in Paris and 3D digitization applied. Apart from exhibiting the 3D data at Gallica in an effort to offer broad-based access to the collection, exhibitions have also been hosted in both Tokyo and Paris. DNP will promote the use of terrestrial and celestial globes data in product development and contents businesses, in addition to applying and rolling out into other areas the 3D digital technology developed through this project.

BnF was created in the 14th century as the royal library, and has developed into one of the world’s most distinguished libraries maintaining a collection of more than 40 million publications, photographs and maps. The library has also played a pioneering role in digitization efforts, and exhibits more than three million archived materials through the e-library Gallica.

In addition to engaging in the creation of high resolution digital archives of cultural artifacts and works of art, DNP also promotes the DNP Museum Lab that cooperates with museums around the world to develop new viewing methods to help the general public become more familiar with a variety of arts and culture. The Louvre - DNP Museum Lab launched in 2006 as a joint project between the Musée du Louvre and DNP, developed an IT-driven multimedia system that helps promote a dialogue between the works of art and the viewers. And under the theme of the preservation and handing down to future generations of cultural artifacts, the DNP Kyoto Uzumasa Cultural Heritage Gallery produces and displays 4K video programs of tangible and intangible cultural artifacts from Kyoto, as well as life-size replicas of important cultural properties with sophisticated reproduction features and heavy-duty durability.

1: Please see the news release at
2: To see the whole 3D collection please visit
3: For more information about the exhibition please visit
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