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Musée d'Orsay
Except Monday, daily from 10:00 to 18:00, Sundays starting at 9:00, and on Thursdays open until 22:00. Métro: Solférino or RER 'C.' Reservations are recommended, under about the same conditions as the Grand Palais - see below. Info. Tel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

Man Ray - La Photographie à l'Envers

Emmanuel Radnitsky was born in Philadelphia in 1890 and later became May Ray. I intend to take a look at the man and his work and what I find will be featured here next week. If you are in Paris, don't wait - go and see the exhibition as soon as you can. It is getting a large amount of airtime from both radio and TV.

Until Monday, 29. June, in the Galeries Nationales of the Grand Palais.

L'Art au Temps des Rois Maudits

Until Monday, 29. June, in the Galeries Nationales of the Grand Palais.

Delacroix, les Dernières Années

Until Monday, 20. July, , in the Galeries Nationales of the Grand Palais.

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
Open daily, except Tuesdays, from 10:00. Without reservations, from 13:00 to 20:00. 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.

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
Until 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
Until 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.

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

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

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Last Minute Addition

The 51st Cannes Film Festival has all its posters all over Paris, although I thought they were for something else until I read the small type. Some of this includes the address of the 'official' Web site with the snappy name of 'Festival de Cannes Site Official'. If this sort of thing interests you, give it a hit, to see a lot of hype. Ooops, I forgot, this is the 'official' Web site; not the hype site.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 2.18 - 5. May 1997 - The issue featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'The Bridges of May' andcount down Eiffel Tower 'Au Bistro' had - 'Politicians Uninvited for May Day.' The articles in the issue were 'The 'Concours Lepine' - The Wonderful Invention Show,' 'Hide and Seek May Day Parade' and 'Dava: Ex-Clown On Paris Visit.' An eMail from Walter Conway was about free ways to pass time in Paris and another eMail from Kim Murray exposed Paris' 'Chicken Mystery.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was called 'Bring a Friend' for a reason I can't remember.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 607 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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