Did I Mention Festivals?

photo: affichage libre, 13 juillet

The number of events is reflected by a local poster display.

Métro's Line Two Partly Closed

Paris:- Saturday, 3. July 1999:- in addition to the contents of this page, you can find more details about dance and music events during the summer in Paris on this week's 'Good, Clean Fun' page and music is featured on the 'High Life' page. Maybe some of the items on those pages should be here. Oh, I don't know - I'm all mixed up. There's a ton of this stuff! I'll never make Monday's deadline. You won't live long enough to do all this, so skip what you want.

Love Parade in Berlin: - the Gay Pride parade snuck up on me last weekend so it is with extreme hoopla *HeyYou!* that I announce the - coming! - on Saturday, 10. July 'Love Parade in Berlin.' Unless I've got this mixed up, this 'parade' is sort of a moveable Woodstock that became legit after participants outnumbered local police; plus every kid in Germany with flared pants and a plastic card started showing up and spending those old DM's like - what? - and they say 'nichts neues im Westen!' News dated yesterday says this parade will not be held in Berlin in 2000... but check the Web site yourself. Live video feed to the Web promised for 10. July.

Summer Festivals Everywhere - are featured on Télérama's Web site, after clicking on 'Festivals.' I came across the guide while looking for Rouen's Armada du Siècle. Rouen's 'Armada' site has given me the dates, 9 to 18. July, a photo, and very little else. This is the last really big sailing ship meeting in this century, so if you don't already know the details, you'll never get a seat for it.

La Fiesta de Paris - is nothing less than a Mega Salsa Festival, with Joe Arroyo y La Verdad, les Cubains de Sonora La Calle, Milonga, Les Sombres Héros, Orlando de Cali, Livan, Jesus et José El Loco de la Salsa, Salle Marcel-Cerdan, 8. Boulevard de Bercy, Paris 12. On Saturday, 10. July; 22:00 to dawn. Info. Tel.: 01 47 00 00 02.

Bastille Firecrackers: -Pétards et Artifices' - at La Flèche d'Or, 102 bis. Rue de Bagnolet, Paris 20. Tuesday, 13. July, all night long. Info. Tel.: 01 45 85 38 88. The 'Flèche d'Or' is mentioned 43 times on this week's 'High Life' page, so it is a name to be reckoned with - for the next 15 minutes.

Did I Mention - the Paris Jazz Festival at the Parc Floral de Paris? I've now found a tiny mention of it in Paris' magazine 'Paris le Journal.' The dates are - 'every' Saturday at 16:30, until 25. September - and the concerts are free and no less good because of it. The 30th birthday of the Parc Floral also marks the 6th edition of its Festival 'Classique au Vert,' which features free concerts on Sundays at 16:30. 'Les Pestacles' are on every Wednesday at 14:30 for children from three to ten. Métro: Château de Vincennes. Info. Tel.: 01 43 43 92 95.

Opéra Comique: - gets a mention because it has a featured poster this week. Otherwise, it has both the French and Italian versions of Tosca on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, all at 19:30 and on Sunday at 16:00. That is, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11. July. Opéra Comique, 5. Rue Favert, Paris 2. Info. Tel.: 01 42 44 45 46.

Fréderic Chopin: - would have been 150 years older if he was still as alive today as his music. It's a good excuse to have a Festival Chopin, which is what we've got until Wednesday, 14. July. At the Orangerie in the Parc de Bagatelle, in the Bois de Boulogne. Métro: Neuilly-Sablons. Info. Tel.: 01 45 00 22 19.

Molière et Ses Médecins: - is a musical-comedy by Molière, directed byposter: moliere les medecines, le tambour royal Rosine Margat with choreography by Virginie Tocque. Starts on Tuesday and runs until 29. August. No show on Mondays in July; none on Monday to Wednesday in August; weekdays at 20:30 and Sundays at 15:30. See it at Le Tambour Royal, 94. Rue du Faubourg du Temple. Paris 11. Métro: Belleville or Goncourt. Tickets at fnac, Virgin, Kiosque and agencies. Info. Tel.: 01 48 06 72 34.

Fête des Loges: - has been playing in the forest of Saint-Germain every year at this time since - oh - hundreds? thousands? of years and this year is no exception. The forest it is in is pretty old too. This is a 'Fête Foraine' so don't dress up and make sure your small coins are safe before taking some of the rides. There is a combo price of 125 francs, which is good for 18 rides, or 18 goes on one ride. 14 Restaurants, 150 attractions. Fête des Loges, Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Western terminus of RER line 'A.'

Métro Closed: - the elevated part of line two of the métro Porte Dauphine-Nation is closed for renovations between the stations of Belleville and Blanche until Saturday, 28. August. A free bus is available, to fill the gap caused by the seven closed stations. Take this into consideration for connections at Pigalle, Barbés, La Chapelle, Stalingrad, and Colonel Fabien.

Festival Times

La Villette Jazz Festival - features 50 concerts in eight days, winding up on Sunday, 4. July. There is one free concert a day in the Grande Halle; the others have to be booked. Some names: John McLaughlin, Wynton Marsalis, the Jan Garbarek Group, the David Murray Big Band, Steve Coleman and Herbie Hancock, to list a few. Evening combos tickets are available. For the program, Info. Tel.: 01 40 03 77 21 and for reservations, Tel.: 01 44 84 44 84. Tickets also available at fnac outlets. At La Villette, in the park, the Grande Halle and in the Cié de la Musique. Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin.

Philexfrance 1999 - La Poste being La Poste, it will be issuing a whole raft of special 'first day' stamps for the occasion of their current exhibition. One is 'Cérés 1849-1999' with a hologram, another is for the celebration of the year 2000, and of course there isstamp: la poste; eclipse one for this year's eclipse as well. Also be sure to see the historical displays of various postal delivery systems - by road, rail, boat and air.

Philexfrance '99 - Paris-Expo Hall 1, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. Friday, 2. July until Sunday, 11. July; from 14:00 to 20:00 on 2. July, 10:00 to 19:00 for the other days. Info. Tel.: 01 56 53 99 99.

Chien Cru - Cirque Bâtard - the Cie Cahin Caha presents a melange of French formality and American 'roughness' in this show featuring three performing artists and three circus artists; part French and part American. This 'raw dog of pure beef' starts in mid-July and continues until 4. September. From Wednesdays to Saturdays, at 20:00, in the Espace Chapitaux, Parc de la Villette, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette.

The Non-Iffy Les Mis' - Last Week I had doubt that this show is on. This week a phone call settled the issue - 'Les Mis' are on this summer, to play out in the original Roman Arènes de Lutèce. Denis Llorca's Les Misérables runs from Monday, 5. July until Saturday, 24. July, at 19:00 daily. Arènes de Lutèce, Rue de Navarre, Paris 5. Métro: Cardinal Lemoine, Jussieu or Place Monge. Reservations at fnac, Virgin and other points. Info. Tel.: 01 44 90 00 96.

Les Nouveaux Plaisirs - is Versailles' main spring and summer program, featuring theatre, music and dance. On the royal menu are Molière, the Ballet à l'Opéra Royal, Rossini, Boulez, and several attractions with the Topkapi theme. Many performance dates have passed, but some are still to come. Check out Spectacles au Château for details.

''Ciel une Eclipse' - the Hôtel de Ville's reception area has been turned into an eclipse exhibit. The title of the exhibit either means an 'eclipse in the sky' or 'Heavens! An Eclipse.' Astronomers think eclipses are grand occasions for viewing moons, planets and suns; butphoto: official eclipse shades this year the general public is invited too, because a near-total eclipse is combined with the last or second-last year of a millennium.

Eclipse-gazers need really dark glasses. These were 15 francs; the ones from the Hôtel de Ville cost 60.

This summer's eclipse is scheduled for Wednesday, 11. August, between 12:16 and 12:34. In Paris it will not be total. For this, go to Chantilly or Senlis, to the north. If you do intend to - look - at the eclipse, be sure to be wearing proper eye protection. Ordinary sunglasses or ski glasses are not sufficient. The eclipse exhibition in the reception office has special glasses available, for about 60 francs.

Since the next eclipse after this one will not be until 2081, to find out more about this one or to get prepared to view it, check out the following Web sites: the Université de Strasbourg, the Institut de Mécanique Céleste and one known simply as the 'Eclipse Solaire '99.'

Salon d'Acceuil, Hôtel de Ville, 29. Rue de Rivoli,Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. Open daily except for Sundays and holidays, from 9:30 to 18:00. No entry charge for the eclipse exhibition, which continues until 25. September. A free brochure about the eclipse is available.

Solaire - is a current, and free, exhibition at the Observatoire de Paris. Ordinarily I would not know about this, but one of Metropole's readers wanted to know when the Observatory's 'towers' had been torn down - and I went by to find out. The place is intact, but I paid so much attention to the answer that I forgot about the exhibition.

It is a great chance to see the inside of this building which is open only rarely. Did you know our planet is speeding along in 'our' galaxy at the rate of 250 kilometres per second? Find out more about 'our' sun and the eclipse at the Observatoire de Paris, 61. Avenue de l'Observatoire, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau or RER Port Royal. Robot Info. Tel.: 01 40 51 21 74.

Renan by Nadar At Issy - there is an exhibition of about 30 photographic portraits by Nadar, of his contemporaries, at the Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer. The connection is Ernst Renan, who grew up in Issy, and was born three years after Gaspard Félix Tournachon, who was known as Nadar - an extraordinary character, who Renan thought, ended up as a refugee in the 'Botany Bay' of photography. Other faces on show are Dumas, Hugo, George Sand, Balzac and Thiers.

Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer, 16. Rue Auguste Gervais, Issy-les-Moulineaux. Métro: Mairie de Issy. Until 28. November; open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 10:00 to 19:00.

More Photographs - are on view in an exhibition lasting until 5. September which features Roland Topor, Helmut Newton, Alice Springs, Roberto Pellegrinuzzi and Charles Matton. At the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7. Rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. Info. Tel.: 01 44 78 75 00.

Beneath the Maps - maps can contain more information than may be apparent, and for this reason they were once jealously guarded by those in power. A history of maps, especially those of Paris, are featured in all their details in a current exhibition at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Boulevard Morland, Pa ris 4. Métro: Sully Morland. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 33 97.

Theatre In the Green - Four shows will be presented outside, weather permitting, between now and 3. October. 'Le Joueur de Flute' is for children, and it continues until 18. July; on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each week. 'Une Chaise Anglaise' will be on from 24. July to 29. August; on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. 'Volpone' runsbrochure: la ratp renov line 2 concurrently starting on 31. July, from Tuesdays to Saturdays, until 29. August. To close, there will be Shakespeare's 'Peines d'Amour Perdu,' from 4. September to 4. October, on Saturdays and Sundays. All in the magical Shakespeare Garden, within the Jardin du Pré-Catelan, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Info. Tel.: 01 40 19 95 33.

Hommage à Moustapha Dimé - will feature an Senegalese pal of Ousmane Sow's, who lived on the island of Gorée, out in the Atlantic off the coast of Dakar. Dimé, who died in 1998, is not as well-known as Sow but was picking up prizes for his sculptures at Johannesburg and at the Biannual of Venice. See the present exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville's Salle Saint-Jean, 5. Rue Lobau, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. The hours are from 11:00 to 19:00 daily except Mondays, until 19. September.

Demures - is the name of the new exhibition at the Musée Zadkine. Two invitations to the vernissage have arrived before the press release so I can't tell you what this is about yet. This exhibition of sculpture will continue until 17. October. At the Musée Zadkine, 100 bis, Rue d'Assas, Paris 6. Open daily from 10:00 to 17:30, except Mondays.

Posters by Jacques Nathan-Garamond - if you like dramatic posters this is an exhibition to see; and this sort of graphic show is a specialty of this city library. At the Bibliothèque Forney, Hôtel de Sens, 1. Rue Figuier, Paris 4.. Métro: Pont-Marie or Saint-Paul. Info. Tel.: 01 42 78 14 60.

Park-a-Car, Rent-a-Bike - the surface parking at the Place de la Concorde and the underground lot at Saint-Eustache - Forum des Halles, are now renting bikes. This is part of the RATP's 'Roue Libre' bike operation. If there is sufficient demand for it, other parking locations will adopt the service. 'Roue Libre' charges 30 francs per day during the week.

Other than 'Roue Libre,' bike rentals in Paris cost between 20 and 30 francs per hour; 50 to 60 francs for half-day, and 75 to 90 francs for a whole day. All the major bike rental firms operate seven days a week, usually between 9:00 and 19:00. See 'Good, Clean Fun' in this issue for other rental company names.

There are also two rental locations in the Bois de Boulogne; one at Porte d'Auteuil and the other at the roundabout by the Jardin d'Acclimatation; Métro: Sablons in Neuilly. The spot to rent a bike at the Bois de Vincennes is at the esplanade of the Château, or on nice days, at the landing stage by the Daumesnil lake. Bikes can also be rented at the Carrefour des Anciens-Combattants in Boulogne-Billancourt, and at Saint-German-en-Laye, in front of the Hôtel de Ville. Same tariffs as 'Roue Libre.'

Vélo Taxis - the Vélo Taxis are stationed in the Place de la Concorde by the Tuileries - and followbrochure: expo bahrein, insit monde arabe a fixed one-hour route in the bike lanes, around the centre of Paris, on both banks on the Seine. The fare is 90 francs for one and 130 francs for two, which is a heck of a good deal if your feet are flat and tired.

Les Perles de Bahrein-Dilmoun: - is one of a continuing series of exhibition being staged at the Institut du Monde Arabe, to round-out Paris' 'Ottoman' season. I caught mention of the preceding 'Liban, l'Autre Rive' just as it ended, and have been a bit slow to mention this one - which continues until 29. August.

Dilmoun comes to us as the general name of a civilization which began 5,000 years ago and flourished between 2,500 and 1,200 BC. Study of this civilization only started 30 or 40 years ago. After being asleep for a long time, Bahrein flourished again under the name of 'Tylos' from 300 BC to 400 AD. Almost forgotten, but now on view at the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1. Rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, Paris 5. Info. Tel.: 01 40 51 38 38.

The above are new, recently started or coming events. Immediately below are long-running events which are nearing their final days. These are followed by current events and way down at the end you will find events that still have a long time to run.


The Big Shows:

Paris' Ottoman Summer

Paris is celebrating the 700th anniversary of the Ottoman Empire, which started with Sultan Mehemet II in Constantinople. 'Ottoman' here, includes an Egyptian show, and a whole raft of exhibitions concerning Morocco.

'L'Art Ottoman' is mainly a show of photographs currently on at the Trianon de Bagatelle. Objects frombrochure: expo balzac various collections make up the show as well as an exhibition by 70 photographers, who have rendered Istanbul in all of its variety.

Trianon de Bagatelle, Parc de Bagatelle, Route de Sèvres, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Métro: Pont de Neuilly and then bus 43 for the rest of the way. This exhibition continues until 1. August. Entry to the park is 10 francs, and to the Trianon, 28 francs.

Les Trésors du Sultan Topkapi à Versailles - is a sample of Topkapi's collection, going back through centuries to the treasures of Suleiman, the First as well as the Magnificent. At the Château, continuing until... when? Info. Tel.: 01 30 84 74 00.

L'Art Egyptien au Temps des Pyramides - this Egyptian exhibition focuses on the time of the pyramids - from 2700 to 2100 BC. On until next Monday, 12 July, at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Square Jean Perrin, Paris 8. Champs-Elysées Clemenceau. Closed on Tuesdays. Entry: 56 francs with reservations, 50 francs without. Catalogue available. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Paris' Moroccan Summer

Meknès Gate at Concorde - was featured in issue 4.15. Its full name is 'La Porte de Meknès Bab El Mansour.' Its 3000 square metres of complex decor has being recreated by Catherine Feff - in France - but is inspired directly from the original at Meknès. More details about Paris' 'Temps du Maroc' can be found on the Web site.

Maroc - les Trésors du Royaume - is an exhibition featuring more than 400 works from Morocco's long prehistory, up to the Islamic period. A final part of the exhibition deals with European painters who worked in Morocco in the late 19th century, such as Matisse and Dufy.

Subtitled 'Le Temps du Maroc' - the exhibition is on until Sunday,18. July - can be visited at the Petit Palais, Avenue du Winston Churchill, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau. Except Monday, open from 10:00 to 17:40; to 20:00 on Thursdays. Catalogue available. Info. Tel.: 01 42 65 12 73.

Casablanca - or 'Birth of a Modern City On African Soil' is an exhibition about how Casablanca came to be and what it like today. At the Espace Electra, 6. Rue Récamier, Paris 7. Métro: Sèvres-Babylone. Until Sunday, 18. July. Open from 12:00 to 19:00, except Mondays and public holidays. Entry: 20 francs. Publication 'Portrait de Ville,' 100 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 53 63 23 45.

Paris-Casa 'Suites Marocaines' - in conjunction with 'Casablanca,' this exhibition features the contemporary artistic Franco-Moroccan scene in styles both traditional and modern. A parallel program of concerts, debates, video showings and dances are scheduled for every Friday and Saturday, until Saturday, 17. July. Au Couvent des Cordeliers, 15. Rue de l'Ecole de Médecine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon. Until 25. July. Except Mondays, open daily from 11:00 to 19:00. Info. Tel.: 01 43 29 75 39.

Maroc, l'Esprit de l'Eau - is a new exhibition about water in Morocco, which is a country without much of it; but has an artistic history of it all the same. Perhaps less 'artistic,' because this show is at the Cité des Sciences, 30. Avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. Until 7. November; from 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays, until 19:00 on Sundays. Info. Tel.: 01 40 05 80 00.

Other Big Shows:

Claude Monet's 'Nymphéas' - features the 'Waterlilies,' which are 22 wall panels especially done for l'Orangerie and installed in 1927. The current show includes dozens of other complimentary paintings by Monet and as such is unique to Paris, because the 'Nymphéas' are too large and fragile to travel. At the Musée de l'Orangerie in the Tuileries Gardens, until Monday, 2. August.

'L'Artiste Selon Balzac' - The 'Maison de Balzac' reopened with a new exhibition of artistic works relating to an article published in 1830, in which Balzac defined the creative aspects within artists. On exhibit will be Raphael, done by Ingres, La Fontaine, and Balzac by Picasso, plus science types such as Descartes and Newton; to illustrate Balazc's argument.

It is also the bi-centenary of Balzac's birth - which was on 20. May 1799 - so the Web has swung into gear. In addition to the Web site above you may want to take a look at this other one, to see complete texts and illustrations. These amounted to, at his death, 10,816 pages in 97 volumes.

The exhibition continues until 5. September. The museum's library is currently closed, but will reopen on 19. September. Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Info. Tel.: 01 42 24 56 38.

Paris User's Guide - Is a new 130-page bilingual booklet that is a pretty handy as well as complete 'Mode d'Emploi' for Paris, published by the tourist office - which has changed its name to 'Office de Tourisme et des Congrès - but not its address at 127 on the Champs-Elysées. So what I used to call the 'PTO' is now the 'PTOC.'

Long-Running Exhibitions, Shows and Events:

Le Siècle des Théâtres - is subtitled 'Salles et Scènes en France from 1748 to 1807, and features an exhibition about the theatres and stages themselves and their development. At the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, 22. Rue Mahler, Paris 4. This is the boutique of the main library, next door at 24. Rue Pavée. Métro: Saint-Paul. Until Sunday, 11. July. Info. Tel.: 01 44 59 29 60.

Jean Moulin, 1899-1943 - This is a special exhibition, on the occasion of the anniversary of Jean Moulin's birth. It is more biographical detailed than the permanent exhibit. At the Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris et Musée Jean Moulin, Jardin Atlantique, above the Gare Montparnasse. Until 2. January 2000, daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40. Catalogue available, 80 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 40 64 39 44.

Hommage à Jean Marais - is an exhibition about this famous French actor, which continues until 5. September. Musée de la Vie Romantique, 16. Rue Chaptel, Paris 9. Métro: Saint-Georges. Info. Tel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

The Musée de la Poupée - the Paris' doll museum has an exhibit of the 'Les Plus Belles' dolls, dating from 1899 to 1957. Many of these are from private collections. These are on show at the museum from Friday, 4. June until 12. September.

Musée de la Poupée, Impasse Berthaud, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. Except Monday, open daily from 11:00 to 18:00. Boutique next door. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 73 11.

'Saint- Pétersbourg/Vavin - is about the first lot of 'Russians' artists to invade Paris. From Vasilieff, Chagall, Soutine, Orloff, Zadkine and all the others, here are 40 of their works. The Slovenian artist and photographer, Veno Pilon, is also featured. Pilon recorded the terraces and the artists of Montparnasse in line, portraits and photographic halftones.

Musée du Montparnasse, 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. The Russian show continues until 1. August. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 13:00 to 19:00. Entry: 20 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

Homage à Jean Rigaud - presents 80 years worth of this marine painter's production in an exhibition lasting until 23. August. While you do a tour of this museum, there is also a show called L'Ile au Trésor for kids every Wednesday, starting at 14:45. By reservation only: for the 8-12s, 25 francs. Tel.: 01 53 65 69 53. For the museum, openphoto: armada du siecle, photo rouen daily except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 17:50. Musée de la Marine, Palais de Chaillot, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro.

An earlier big ship show at Rouen. Photo©Rouen

'Le Vagabond du Surréalisme' - is Georges Malkine, considered to be one of the founders of surrealism. At the Pavillon des Arts, Les Halles, Porte Rambuteau, Terrace Lautréamont, Paris 1. Until 29. August. Open from 11:30 to 18:30, except on Mondays and holidays.

Catacombs Photo Show - some Parisians have their bones on permanent view in the Catacombs. These are adorned with pithy signs and some of these can be seen in this exhibition. The texts are not only in French, but in Latin, Greek, Italian and even Swedish - so take a translator. "Arrête! C'est ici l'Empire de la mort," is one example that has been photographed.

The Catacombs, 1. Place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau. Open from Tuesday to Friday, from 14:00 to 18:00; and on weekends from 9:00 to 11:00 and from 14:00 to 16:00. On view until 14. February 2000, no less.

Musée d'Art Américain - The museum is located in Giverny, near Claude Monet's house and gardens, and can be reached by road via the A13 autoroute. Or take an SNCF train from Saint-Lazare to Vernon. The museum is open from 10:00 to 18:00, except on Mondays. Info. Tel.: 02 32 51 94 65.

Jean Racine 1699-1999 - gets a remembrance in the Yvelines department this summer, with theatre, conferences, tours, an exhibition and concerts being staged. For details of the full program, try the Web site for the Ile-de-France.

Historic Writer's Route - is a tour of 12 famous French writer's homes, located west of Paris on both sides of the Seine valley, as far as Normandy. Even if you don't actually visit the houses, this would be a good trip and would probably take a couple of days of wandering around. See the Web site above.

The Pompidou Centre - AKA Beaubourg:- is mostly closed - its exhibitions are 'on tour,' on other walls - but the part that's open, is open from Monday to Friday, from 11:00 to 18:00 and on Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. Info Tel.: 01 53 01 86 53 and Fax.: 33 1 42 72 97 47.

Paris' Musée d'Art Moderne will often be the scene of exhibitions staged by Beaubourg - as well as other museums around Paris andphoto: chambord billboard France - so a visit to Beaubourg's Teepee call tell you where the modern art centre's activities are currently taking place.

'Painting After Abstraction, 1955 to 1975' is the current exhibition. It features Martin Barré, Jean Defottex, Raymond Hains, Simon Hantaï and Jacques Villeglé. Until Sunday, 19. September.

Musée d'Art Moderne, 11; Avenue du Président-Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Place de l'Alma. Open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:30 and on weekends from 10:00 to 18:45. Info. Tel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

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