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Exhibition: 'L'Inconnu, l'Amour, la Poésie'

Philippe Soupault was born 100 years ago expo: Soupault and is remembered as a grand poet and as a pioneer of the surrealist adventure. Apollinaire dedicated 'Alcools' to him with the words, 'Au Philippe Soupault, très attentivement," which he presented to Breton.

This exhibition deliberately puts the accent on Soupault the poet, with manuscripts of his works - such as 'Champs Magnétiques' - plus other works, photographs, engravings, and paintings.

Galerie Colbert - Bibliothèque Nationale
2. rue Vivianne, Paris 2.
From Friday, 21. November until Wednesday, 31. December. From 12:00 to 18:00 daily except Saturdays and public holidays. No Entry charge.

Alfred de Vigny et les Arts

Taught design by his mother, then a student of Girodet, Alfred de Vigny was sensible to art at an early age. Like Hugo, Musset, Merimée and Gautier, he dreamed of an alliance between artists expo: Alfred de Vigny and poets. This exhibition attempts to be the re-creation of a virtual dialogue between the two.

A unity of inspiration is shown by manuscripts, letters, paintings and sculptures, done by artists and writers who de Vigny knew; some of them done after his death. With the objects on display - most of them little-known - one penetrates to the interior of de Vigny's imagination.

Musée de la Vie Romantique
From Saturday, 22. November to 1. March 1998.
Open from 10:00 to 17:40 daily except Mondays.
16. rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Info Tel.: 01 48 74 95 39.

Vernissage: Scène Est

If you are tired of staying home night after night watching re-runs - or even first-runs - on TV night in and night out, day in and day out; in short, if you have never been invited to a 'Vernissage' in Paris, then I am inviting you to one. A 'vernissage' is, by the way, an opening party in which the guests are invited to come and get 'varnished' while looking at Art.

The scene is Scène Est and the time is next Saturday - 15. November - and the time is from 16:00 to 21:00. Scène Est is an association of six modern-art galleries in the rue Louise Weiss. This is Paris 13 and close to métro station Chevaleret on line six. If you can't get through enough 'varnish' before 21:00, you can always head down Louise Weiss and then down rue du Chevaleret to the Irish pub there.

Last Minute: Auction

This is almost too late, unless you are in Paris, because it is happening one week from today. Drouot's sale at the Palais des Congrès is called 'Solo Alfa Romeo' and most of the cars on the block come from the collection of Fernand Masoero, who was once a driver for Alfa - for about 20 years. Among the cars at auction next Monday will be a 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C2500 Super Sport convertible, with the body by Pininfarina. Estimate is 350,000 francs. I wonder what color it is?

Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 1.38 - 11. November 1996 featured the columns - Metropole Diary's 'A Century to Remember' count-down eiffel and 'Au Bistro' had - 'Remember the 20th Century, Cafés Close and Snails Race.' The articles in the issue were 'The 800 Year-Old Road to Montmartre - Almost Right Near Where Molière Might be Buried' - 'The Fragonard Museum - Two Heads, Six Legs and All True' and 'The Passage Jouffroy - Window-Shopping With Warm Feet.' 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 782 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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