Un Siècle de Tango -
Paris Buenos Aires

photo: herrmann©1996
Photo 'No Title' by Matthias Herrmann. Details below.

Paris Metropole 'Scene' Launches
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Paris:- Saturday, 3. October 1998:- The information about 100 Years of Tango came by a roundabout route. It went from Paris to California and back to me. Doubt came with it - 'Is it too trivial?' - and the answer is no because Paris is gripped in a non-stop frenzy of Latin dancing.

My hesitant source wrote, "Many people may not be aware of the connections between Tango and Paris, or that Carlos Gardel - the 'Caruso' of tango - was born in Toulouse; immigrated with his mother at age four to Argentina, and returned in 'triumph' at the height of his career, to Paris."

So, relatively unnoticed, with no posters, 35 international days of Tango in Paris started last night at the Webbar.

I'm behind with this, so here is the first week's program, starting with Monday:

Monday, 5. October: at 19:30, 'Le Tango en Uruguay' - with the presence of the Ambassador of Uruguay, Miguel Angel Semino. At 20:00; Carmen et Victor dance 'La Cumparsita.' At 20:30; the duo 'Marino Riveiro - Gabriela Diaz' perform and at 21:30 the evening ends with songs by Giovanna and a presentation of the comparsa by Yorugua de Mirtha Pozzi et Pablo Cueco. Therebrochure: bateke:musee arts afrique is also an exhibition of photos by Pedro Lombardi.
At the Espace Kiron, 10. rue de la Vacquerie, Paris 11. Métro: Voltaire. Info. Tel.: 01 44 64 11 50.

Batéké - at the Musée National des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie. See below:

Tuesday, 6. October: starting from 18:00 the festivities begin with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the 'Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris' with a presentation of the book, 'La Casa Argentina en Paris 1928-1998,' edited by the Minister of Culture and Education of Argentina. Music with 'Che, Tango!' Argentinean movies from the days of silent films and exhibitions. At the Fondation Argentine, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris.

Wednesday, 7. October: the evening is called 'Cortazar de retour' and at 20:00 there will be a showing of the film, 'Diario para un cuento' by Jana Bokova; drawn from the memories of the writer, Julio Cortazar, who lived at the Fondation Argentine in 1951.

Thursday, 8. October: at 20:30: 'Concert Tango,' with the grand orchestra, directed by Juan Josi Mosalini. At the Vidiothèque de Paris. From 21:00 to 23:00: 'Jueves de Tango' - which is a 'bal' and tango exhibition; at the Fondation Argentine, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris.

Friday, 9. October: at 14:30, within the framework of 'Le Paris des Argentins,' the presentation of 'Les Trottoirs de Saturne' by Hugo Santiago. At 16:30, 'Les Autres' by Hugo Santiago. At 19:00, 'La Pavane de Berthe Tripat' by Jean Francois Lopes and 'Julio Cortazar' by Alan Caroff and Claude Namer. Finally, at 21:00; 'Tangos, Premiere Exil de Gardel' by Francisco Solanas. All at the Vidéothèque de Paris at the Forum des Halles.

Saturday, 10. October is a repeat of Friday's program.

Sunday, 11. October: 'Tango 50 x 70' - featuring the Grand Orchestre National d'Argentine - which is celebrating its 50 years of existence - directed by Osvaldo Piro. At the Fondation Argentine, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris.

The text I received was somewhat scrambled, so I hope there are not too many mistakes. For more information, call Claude Namer at 01 48 87 74 23 or fax to: 01 48 87 66 50. The rest of the program continues next week.

The Louise-Weiss Galleries

As happens two or three times a year, the group of modern art galleries in the rue Louise-Weiss co-ordinate a joint exhibition and the current one lasts until Saturday, 17. October. The photograph by Matthias Herrmann above - for Tango? - has no title, but is on view at the Galerie Praz-Delevallade, 28. rue Louise-Weiss. The other galleries are grouped here. Paris 13. Métro Chevaleret.

Two Really Big Art Fairs

The 'FIAC' and the Grande Marché de l'Art both start on Tuesday, 7. October and both end on 12. October. The first is having its 25th edition and I think features art dealers showing off their artists. The second, with its 20th edition, features artists who have rented stands to show off their works themselves. The two exhibitions do not see exactly eye-to-eye in other words.
FIAC, Espace Eiffel-Branley, Paris 7. Hours are generally from noon to 20:00, except Sundays when it starts at 10:00 and Monday, 12. October when the times are 12:00 to 18:00.
The Grande Marché de l'Art is located in the foyer of the Grande Arche at La Défense. Métro: last stop on line one, at the Grande Arche. Daily from 11:00 to 20:00, and Friday and Saturday, 9. and 10. October, until 22:00. Two hundred artists will be taking part in this show.

Pierre Wemaërebrochure: expo: wemaere

In a show of paintings done from 1935 to 1998, Pierre Wemaëre 'embraces color;' until Sunday, 18. October. This exhibition can be seen at the Convent des Cordeliers, 15. rue de l'Ecole-de-Médecine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon. Except Mondays, open daily from 11:00 to 19:00.

Rites et Festins de la Chine Antique

This is also known at 'Bronzes du Musée de Shanghai' - plus there is a mention that the museum where it is being shown is having its 100th anniversary. I do not know Chinese stuff at all, but judging from the length of this expo, this is important stuff that you would otherwise have to travel to Shanghai to see.
Musée Cernuschi
7. avenue Vélasquez, Paris 8. Until 10. January 1999. Open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40. Métro: Villiers.


One word is enough for this exhibition of works by the painters and sculptors of central Africa. There are 240 pieces on display, many seen here for the first time; many coming from European collections.
Musée National des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie
293. avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12. Métro: porte Dorée. Until 4. January 1999. Open, except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 17:30; until 18:00 on weekends. Info. Tel.: 01 43 46 51 61.

Autumn Exhibitions - Musée des Beaux Arts de Rouen

For the occasion of the reopening of its south wing, this museum is presenting two major 17th century works: 'Salomé Recevant la Tête de Saint Jean-Baptiste' by Caravage and 'Le Temps Calme' by Poussin. One comes from the London's National Gallery and the other is from the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. These two match the Rouen museum's own 'Christ à la Colonne' by Caravage and 'L'Orage' by Poussin.

The autumn exhibition is also the occasion to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Marcel Duchamp, who came from Blainville-Crevon, near Rouen. Duchamp's 'La Boîte-en-Valise,' a 'portable' museum, is on show.

Musée des Beaux Arts
Square Verdrel, Rouen. Open, except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 18:00. Info. Tel.: 02 35 71 28 40.

The Big Shows

Gustave Moreau at the Grand Palais

It is for you to decide whether Gustave Moreau hated women or not, and a good place to start with this question is at the current exhibition. Moreau was a symbolist painter so there may be no easy answer.

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
Until 4. January 1999. Entry Clemencéau. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 17 17. Moreau donated his residence to the city or the state in 1897 and this began as the Musée Gustave Moreau in January 1903. In 1991 it was opened to the public, which has paid it scant attention. This museum-residence is at 14. rue de la Rochefoucauld, Paris 9. Info. Tel.: 01 48 74 38 50.

L'Automne Italien

Paris' Italian autumn has already started, with paintings by Tintoretto, 13 on loan from Venice and the others from French collections, being displayed in the Salle des Fëtes in the Mairiebrochure: bronzes musee shanghai of the 5th. At 21. place du Panthéon, Paris 5. Open Monday to Saturday from 11:00 to 17:45 and on Sundays and holidays from 14:00 to 17:45. Info. Tel.: 01 43 29 21 75.

'Bronzes du Musée de Shanghai,' at the Musée Cernuschi. See above.

Tiepolo moves into the Petit Palais on Thursday, 22. October for a stay until 24. January 1999. This is the first Tiepolo exhibition in France and about 70 paintings will be on display along with 33 engravings and 40 drawings. Note also that two Tiepolo frescos are on show at the Musée Jacquemart-André. Petit Palais, avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:40; on Thursdays until 20:00.

Coming Events

Last Chance: Rollers at Trocadéro

The 3rd edition of 'Tatoo Roller Skating de Paris' rolls around at the parvis at Trocadéro on Saturday, 10. October and Sunday, 11. October. In addition to demonstrations of acrobatics by experts, there will be a competition named 'La Course des As,' which will feature the world's top rollers - and there will be a 12 km long cruise through the Bois de Boulogne on Sunday.

To participate, signup time is 10:00 on Saturday, 10. October, at Trocadéro. Info. Tel.: 01 40 71 83 66.

Current Events:

Under Paris, Underwater

If you intend to visit Paris' Catacombs, you will get a bonus of a exhibition of 60 black and white photos by Jean-Yves Le Roy, who has shot just about everything wet, flowing and flooding around Paris. You pass this exhibition on the way down to the Catacombs, which are at 1. place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris 14. This is right across the street from the métro exit of the same name, and a photo of the entrance was in last week's Metropole. The photo exhibition lasts until next March. Info. Tel.: 01 43 22 47 63.

The History of Medicine

This museum has one of the oldest collections in Europe and is on show in one of the great halls of the Collège de Chirurgie. Much of the collection was assembled by Lafaye in the 18th century, and it includes items dating to the end of the 19th century. Rare tool kits of old surgeons are on display; sensitive visitors should leave their imaginations outside.

Le Musée d'Historie de la Médecine
In the courtyard of the Université René-Descartes, at 12. rue de l'Ecole-de-Médecine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon. Info. Tel.: 01 40 46 16 93.

Two Big Painters

They never met, except in this exhibition in the Musée d'Orsay, but Jean-François Millet, who lived from 1814 to 1875, had a big influence on Vincent Van Gogh, born in 1853, dead in 1890.

Lightning hit Van Gogh at an exhibition of Millet's designs and pastels in 1875, just a few months after the death of the latter. At the time, Van Gogh was hustling paintings for an art dealer - he didn't begin painting until 1880.

This exhibition places similar paintings by the two artists side-by-side for the viewer to draw obvious conclusions - of the inspirations Van Gogh drew from Millet; to finally gain his own identity - showing also how artists learn from each other. The comparisons do not lessen Van Gogh's stature; they undoubtedly increase that of the less well-known Millet.

This is one of the fall season's big shows, so all the business of making advance reservations applies. Entry charge: 40 francs, reduced: 30 francs. Catalogue: 190 francs.

Musée d'Orsay
1. rue de la Légion-d'Honneur, Paris 7. This exhibition continues until 3. January 1999. Open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00; on Sundays from 9:00 to 18:00 and on Thursdays until 21:45. Info. Tel.: 01 40 49 48 73.

Charles Trenet Sings Again

From the book by Jacques Pessis, Jérôme Savary presents the Paris world of the '50's, as sung by Charles Trenet. It was a time of no unemployment and the discovery of paid holidays; the show is a remembrance of a time when things only seemed to be getting better.

In the entrance to the theatre, there is a Charles Trenet exhibition and on Fridays, there is a supper show after the performance. This show continues until Sunday, 3. January 1999.

Théâtre National de Chaillot
1. place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. Info. Tel.: 01 53 65 30 00.

Long-Run Events

Constant Permeke Retrospective

Belgian landscape painter Constant Permeke is being treated to a retrospective in the Hôtel de Ville's Salle Saint-Jean.

Permeke started as a landscape painter, but also turned to nude studies and sculpture during a long working life that began before WWI and continued until after WWII.

The exhibition continues until Sunday, 1. November. It is open daily from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 11:00 to 19:00. There is no entry charge. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 51 53.

Théâtres des Sens

This has already been open for many months now, but is probably still worth a visit, especially if it is raining as it seems to be doing all the time now.

If you think the French are pretty good at making fancy stuff for high prices, and you are either a dreamer or rich or have managed to keep from being beaten up in the market lately, then this is probably a real treat of an exhibition.

Les Quatre Théâtres des Sens
Palais de la Découverte, avenue Franklin-Roosevelt, Paris 8. Métro: Franklin-Roosevelt. This show runs until 3. January 1999. Open from Tuesday to Saturdays, from 9:30 to 18:00; on Sundays from 10:00 to 19:00. Info. Tel.: 01 40 74 89 00.

The Pompidou Centre - Beaubourg

The interior of this museum has been undergoing interior renovations since October 1987. Many of the museum's collections will be on view at otherbrochure: expo: beaux arts, rouen museums in Paris, at other cities in France and other countries - until the renovations are completed.

A painting from the autumn exhibitions at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Rouen. See above.

In front of the museum there is a teepee, which has information about the centre, presented in a multimedia form. The public library remains open at 11. rue Brantôme, just to the north of the museum. The south gallery will be showing 'Dijon/Le Consortium.Coli' in November and David Hockney arrives in January 1999. The Atelier Brancusi also remains open.

Musée d'Art Moderne

This Ville de Paris museum is showing a selection from Beaubourg, through to 19. September 1999. Currently, the 1920's are represented by Braque, Masson, Miro, Magritte, Ernst, Derain and Fautrier. In November a new cycle starts with Nouveau Realisme and Arte Povera.

Pierre Huyghe, Dominique Gonzalez-Foester and Philippe Parreno are young French artists whose works are also currently on display, until 29. November.

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11; avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Open Tuesdays to Friday from 10:00 to 17:30; Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 18:45. Special openings on 1. and 11. November. Info. Tel.: 01 53 40 00.

Last-Chance Events:Musée Jacquemart-André

This is the private mansion collection containing two Tiepolo frescos - in the process of being restored. These are on display until some time in October.

Musée Jacquemart-André
158. boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8. Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00, and the museum's café is open daily from 11:30 to 17:30. Info. Tel.: 01 42 89 04 91. Nearest métro station: Saint-Philippe-du-Roule.

Opéra and Ballet:

Ballet: 'Coppélia' by Léo Delibes, until 25. October, at the Opéra Garnier.
Opera: 'La Cenerentola' by Gioacchino Rossini, until 8. October, presumably at the Opéra Bastille. Info. Tel.: 08 36 69 78 68. (This may be a toll number.)

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