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Like Paris, the new Paris II will have a lot of guest rooms nearly 3,000 - including 300 suites. There will also be about 14,500 square metres of space for conventions.

Compared to the original, with only 13 specialty restaurants and bars, Paris II seems to be skimping on this aspect. Boutique space of about 3,500 square metres is a drop in the sand and 2,700 square metres for a health spa seems unnecessary with so few bars and cafés.

However, the new Paris II really trumps the original with a gambling casino of no less than 9,500 square metres. I'm not sure how many casinos, bowling alleys, billiard halls, bridge clubs and video-game parlors Paris has - but whatever it is, it is nothing compared to this. On the other hand, the original Paris has a lot of race tracks.

'Paris Las Vegas' is scheduled to open in 1999, sometime before the Tour Eiffel's countdown clock hits Two Grand. It all sounds too good to be true so check it out if you don't believe this.

Some Events

Brigitte Nahon at the Musée Zadkine

Born in Nice and resident in New York since 1995, Brigitte Nahon exhibits her latest experiments in the exploration of the balance between objects and sculpture, by going to the most extreme limits, by use of unassociated materials such as crystal and steel; which can turn the spectator's usual perspective upside-down.

The Musée Zadkine is also celebrating the 30th anniversary of the death of Ossip Zadkine, with a show featuring the acquisitions of the last ten years - including 'found' objects executed by Zadkine; the oldest design, dating to 1913. These new objects round out the equilibrium of the museum's collection.

This second exhibition opens on Friday, 7. November and also runs through to 22. February 1998.

Musée Zadkine
100 bis, rue d'Assas, Paris 6.
Métro: Vavin, RER: Port Royal or Luxembourg.
Brigitte Nahon, from Thursday, 6. November until Sunday, 22. February 1998. Daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:30.
Info Tel.: 01 43 26 91 90.

Marianne et Germania

The subtitle of this exhibition is, '1789-1889, Un Siècle de Passions Franco-Allemands.' It was shown in Berlin at the Martin-Gropius-Bau from 15. September 1996 to 5. January 1997.

To be featured are 350 works from French, German and other sources. Unlike the Berlin presentation, this version of the exhibition bases its 13 episodes around 13 key personalities of the epoch.

This starts off with German intellectual interest in the French revolution; followed by Madame Germaine de Staël, who was exiled from Paris by Napoléon, who also didn't care much for her writings which she sent back from Germany.

The Romantic period of the 1820's saw a number of cultural exchanges and after 1830 liberals from Germany increasingly resided in Paris. Romanticism was still going strong in the 1860's, with neogothic from one direction and neo-middle ages from the other. In sum, this a vast show, which has Wagner as an exclamation point in the 1880's.

Musée du Petit Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8.
Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau
From Saturday, 8. November until Sunday, 15 February 1998. Daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40.
Info Tel.: 01 42 65 12 73. Catalogue; 384 pages, 295 francs.

Berlin, Mutations Urbaines

I mentioned the following show, somewhat expo: Berlin: Mutations Urbaines prematurely, last week. It starts this Wednesday. In the meantime, I received a copy of one of the photos, 'Platz der Republik;' by the photographer Stéphane Couturier, who holds the copyright. At right:

Exhibition of photographs, done by five French photographers sent to Berlin by the Archipresse Agency in 1995-96, to capture the urban metamorphosis of the German city as it gets transformed from a stagnant 'Island' into its proper place as a great European capital.

The photographs in this show display more of the urban tissue and human fabric of Berlin, than mere architectural photos. One of the photographers, Vincent von Wroblewsky, was born in Clermont-Ferrand to parents who were born in Berlin. Mr. Wroblewsky took up residence in East Berlin in 1950 and studied and worked there until 1991.

At the Musée Carnavalet, 23. rue de Sévigné, Paris 3.
Starting Wednesday, 5. November, until Sunday, 18. January 1998.
Open daily except Mondays from 10:00 to 17:40.
Entry: 35 francs and 25 francs, reduced.
The bilingual catalogue of 88 pages with 62 photographs is 95 francs.

Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 1.37 - 4. November 1996 featured the columns - Metropole Diary's 'Closed For Renovation, or Wear Hard Hats' count-down eiffel and 'Au Bistro' had - 'No Paper, Dud Paper and Bicycle Ladies.' The articles in the issue were 'Georges Brassens - The Times, They Are Not Changing' and 'At Pre-Industrial Museum - The Hand - Ultimate Tool - and Daily Artifacts On Show.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week rounded off the issue.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 2000:

Only 789 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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