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L'Art au Temps des Rois Maudits

It looks as if I have been wrong again in giving short shrift to this show, simply because I was under the impression that Philippe le Bel was a rotter. In the sense that he wasn't quite the good guy that 'Saint-Louis' was, Philippe IV actually was quite an able king, punishing his scandalous daughters-in-law, having their husbands publically tortured and deposing the corrupt Pope Boniface VIII, and replacing him with French Popes. Despite this, public opinion at the time characterized him as wicked or even 'cursed.'

At the time, Gothic construction was in full swing, the universities were expanding their curriculums, and peasants were having good crops. Entertainments of all sorts flourished for the better-off, and the big trade fairs of Champagne were in full swing. The Renaissance was just around the historical corner.

Great art was a by-product of all this, as Souren Melikian points out in his excellent review of this exhibition in Saturday's International Herald Tribune. His article was not online when I checked, but may be by the time you read this. He says this exhibition is not merely this season's best art show, but the 'revelation of a decade.'

Until Monday, 29. June.

Delacroix, les Dernières Années

Until Monday, 20. July.

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
Open daily, except Tuesdays, from 10:00. Without reservations, from 13:00 to 20:00. Note: closed on Friday, 1. May. Entry: Square Jean Perrin. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau.

Reservations for Exhibitions at the Grand Palais can be made and are necessary for visits between 10:00 and 13:00. The rules say you must make the reservation 48 hours before your intended visit; and you must be there within 30 minutes of the time indicated on your ticket.

Make reservations at the Paris Tourist Office, 127. avenue des Champs-Elysées, or at the ticket services of the main fnac stores, 'France Billet' in Carrefour stores, Virgin outlets, or at the boutique of the Musée d'Orsay. Info. Tel.: 01 49 87 54 54.

No reservations are necessary for visits beginning at 13:00. Past advice for popular shows at the Grand Palais remains the same: try to time your visit for around 17:00 when most people are elsewhere.

Charges for the different exhibitions vary, but are in the 35 to 50 franc range, with reserved tickets costing slightly more than 'take-your-chance' stand-in-line tickets.

More Delacroix: 'Le Trait Romantique'

An exhibition of about 250 drawings, watercolors and engravings, by Delacroix - showing him to be a master of color and line. The exhibition has two parts; the essentials of his engravings, including the series of lithos for Hamlet and Faust, and the other shows off the artist's different techniques.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Richelieu
Galeries Mansart et Mazarine
From Tuesday, 7. April to Sunday, 12. July. Open daily except Mondays, from 9:30 to 18:30. Entry, 35 francs; catalogue, 160 pages, about 145 francs. 58. rue de Richelieu, Paris 1. Métro: Quatre-Septembre or Bourse. Info. Tel.: 01 47 03 81 10.

Delacroix et Villot

This exhibition accents the copies of Delacroix done by Frédéric Villot, painter, engraver, art historian and friend of the artist. The original and the copies of Sardanapale are shown side by side, for the first time. Other engravings, designs, letters and manuscripts by Villot are also on view.

Musée Eugène Delacroix
From Thursday, 9. April to Friday, 31. July. Open daily, except Mondays, from 9:30 to 17:00. Entry, 30 francs - allows access to permanent collection as well. 6. rue de Furstenberg, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Près. Info. Tel.: 01 44 41 86 50.

Francesco Salviati

Musée du Louvre - Hall Napoléon
From Thursday, 30. April to Monday, 29. June. Entry is coupled with museum entry and costs 60 francs; or 40 francs after 15:00 and on Sundays. Closed Tuesdays as usual.

Printemps Vietnamien

The following exhibitions fall within the over-all framework of the 'Printemps Vietnamien,' to be held mainly at Les Halles, and lasting until 20. June.

'Lumières - Laques, Lavis, et Aquarelles du maître laqueur Nguyen Van Minh.' His show can be seen at thesoiree double mix Mairie of the 2nd Arrondissement, 8. rue de la Banque, Paris 2. From Friday, 20. March until Thursday, 30. April. Info. Tel.: 01 42 61 55 02.

Paris-Hanoï-Saigon, l'Aventure de l'Art Moderne au Vietnam Pavillon des Arts from Saturday, 21. March until Sunday, 17. May. At 101. rue Rambuteau, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

La Photographie Vietnamienne
Espace Photographique des Halles, from Friday, 20. March until Wednesday, 20. May. At the Forum des Halles, Place Carrée, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 40 26 87 12.

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