Les Champs de la Sculpture 2000

photo: rond-point, champs elysees

Blast of sun illuminates a fountain at the Champs-
Elysées' Rond-Point.

September's Event-Heavy 2nd Half

Paris:- Saturday, 19. September 1999:- I skipped last Wednesday's inauguration of the Champs de la Sculpture because it was raining and took a stroll along it on Thursday when the sun was shining and drying out the puddles.

I am all for free exhibitions especially if there is no gate to enter, no opening and closing times, and there are handy snack bars available. Rain can be a nuisance, but this is nothing when faced with a freebie.

The 52 pieces on display on the Champs-Elysées betweenphoto: sculpture champs by b nahon the Rond-Point and the Place de la Concorde are all by living artists and represent the last 30 years of sculpture. Twenty-five of the pieces I saw Thursday were dated 1999.

Glass-ball sculpture by Brigitte Nahon: 'The Passage.'

My visit was around noon on a bright day. Some of the pieces have their own illumination and may best be seen at night - which means you should plan at least two visits for it. The exhibition continues until Sunday, 14. November. Métros: Franklin Roosevelt, Champs-Elysées Clemenceau and Concorde.

Cyberposte - La Poste promised and La Poste delivers - 1000 post offices in France have been outfitted with Apple's iMacs and it is connected to the Internet, possibly making La Poste the world biggest cybercafé without café.

My closest post office has one in operation; but its info stand was vacant. What you do is buy abrochure: cyberposte rechargeable Cyberposte card for 50 francs, which is good for one hour of network time. A recharge of the card only costs 30 francs and it can be recharged as often as you want. You can also get a personal email account.

La Route du Poisson - at one time, fish caught on the coast and landed at Le Touquet, Montreuil-sur-Mer and Boulogne-sur-Mer were raced to Paris every morning by teams of Ardennaise draught-horses. For the weekend of the 'Route du Poisson,' from Friday, 24. September to Sunday, 26. September - there will be a show of the horses and their equipment in Paris at the Hippodrome de Vincennes, on Sunday, 26. September, from 10:00 to 19:00.

Ulysses's Europe - was also known as the Bronze Age, which lasted from 2000 to 750 BC. Archaeologists have found that people travelled from Scandinavia to the Aegean and the near-east. This coming exhibition presents 200 pieces from the time. This exhibition begins on Thursday, 30 September and continues until 10. January 2000. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 47 47.

photo: barbu nitescu, depot matignonLe Dépôt Matignon - is having a series of exhibitions and the current one features Catherine Bell's 'Rencontre' until Saturday, 25. September. The following exhibition, featuring Lisa Zirner's paintings will begin on Sunday, 26. September. At 8. Rue Jean Mermoz, Paris 8. Métro: Franklin Roosevelt. Info. Tel.: 01 45 63 33 00.

Illustration from Barbu Nitescu's exhibition at the Dépôt Matignon. Barbu Nitescu©1999

No Car Day - Paris' no-car day is next Wednesday, 22. September this year; with an expanded no-car zone. Bring your rollers or rent a bike from the folks who run the métro and buses - the RATP.

2000 In Paris - Metropole has had two 'Scene' columns. This one continues to be for actual and coming events, and last week's '2000 In Paris' column features events - up to next summer - related to Paris' 'millennium party.'

Paris' Fall Season

Chardin's Still Lifes - are called 'Natures Mortes' in French, which sort of means 'dead nature' whichbrochure: chardin, la fillette au volant is not what is meant at all. Jean Siméon Chardin didn't finish paintings until they were finished in his eyes - which he kept open for 80 years until his death in 1779.

In pre-photographic times, interior light was also inferior, so Chardin's production of 200 exquisitely detailed still lifes is something of a record. For this major exhibition, 95 of them are on display at the Grand Palais until Monday, 22. November. Except Tuesdays, daily from 10:00 to 20:00 and on Wednesdays until 22:00. Reservations are required for morning visits. At the Square Jean-Perrin, Paris 8. Métro: Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 17 47.

India Ink - is behind an exhibition titled 'Le Parfum de l'Encre, Peintures Chinoises de la Collection Roy et Marilyn Papp.' I liked india ink, but I think what this exhibition of 53 works will show is Chinese artists from the Ming Period -1349-1644 - and the Qing Period - 1644-1911 - were absolute masters of it. Starting Friday, 24. September, this exhibition continues until Thursday, 30. December. To be at the Musée Cernuschi, 7. Avenue Vélasquez, Paris 8. Métro: Villiers or Monceau. Info. Tel.: 01 45 63 50 75.

Jean Béraud et le Paris de la Belle Epoque - While the impressionists were all the rage a century ago, Jean Béaud recorded in paint the streets and byways of the City of Light, capturing the charm and the spirit of it. With the publication of the first critical catalogue of Béaud's works by Patrick Offenstadt, this exhibition presents 60 representative works. From Wednesday, 29. September until 2. February 2000. To be at the Musée Carnavalet, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin Vert. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 21 13.

Sand - Musset: 'Les Enfants du Siècle' - this exhibition displays all the background involved with the making of the film 'Les Enfants du Siècle' by Diane Kurys - see the film's poster on this week's poster pages.

The story is about the legendary passion between George Sand and the young Alfred de Mussat. On show are the film's storyboard by Maxime Rabière, costumes for the film by Christian Lacroix, decor by Philippe Turlure and photographs by Marion Stalens. From Tuesday, 21. September until 9. January, 2000. Musée de la Vie Romantique, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Blanche or Pigalle. Info. Tel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Festival Internationale de Danse - from Tuesday, 21. September to Sunday, 26. September: the American Ballet Theatre; from Tuesday, 28. September to Sunday, 2. October: the Ballet de la Communidad de Madrid; and from Monday, 4. October to Friday, 8. October: the Ballet Nationale de Marseille. The location: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 15. Avenue Montaigne, Paris 8. Info. Tel.: 01 49 52 50 50

L'Invitation à La Chine - on the occasion of Issy-les-Moulineaux' biannual, 35 young artists - of which nine are from Bejing - have been invited to expose their latest works. Some of the other artists have painted in China, while others have been influenced by that country's art. Photographs, sculpture, video and installations are also on show.

The Biennale d'Issy, at the Palais des Arts et des Congrès d'Issy-les-Moulineaux, 25. Avenue Victor Cresson. Métro: Issy. Open daily from 11:00 to 19:00, until Monday, 27. September. Entry: free. Info. Tel.: 01 40 95 66 28. A special edition of the magazine Beaux-Arts has been published for the event

Les Trois Mousquetaires - based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, comes riding into the Théâtre du Rond-Point with a big supporting cast on Tuesday, 3. October and will stay there until 31. December. At 2 bis, Avenue Franklin-Roosevelt, Paris 8. Métro: Franklin-Roosevelt. Info. Tel.: 01 44 95 98 10.

La Valse du Hasard - is a teeth-gritting comedy, located between paradise and hell. Directed by Jacques Auxenel, it features Annie Chaplin and Thierry Debuyser. At 20:30 from Tuesday to Saturday; at 16:30 on Sundays. At the Théâtre du Renard, 12. Rue du Renard, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. Info. Tel.: 01 42 71 46 50.

Les Yeux Dans la Bière - has been loosely inspired by songs by Jacques Brel, and this piece has been put together by the Bla-Bla Theatre Company, featuring Raba. The show is in Fridays and Saturdays at 19:00. Théâtre des Déchargeurs, 3. Rue des Déchargeurs, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet. Info. Tel.: 01 42 36 00 02.

Festival d'Ile de France - takes place for the tenth time in the area surrounding Paris which is not quite as big as Texas, but is big enough to be a complicated transport affair. Some of its events take place within Paris - so the best thing to do if you want details of the events - mainly musical - is to consult the Web site of the Ile-de-France, or phone 01 44 94 28 50. This festival has already started and continues until Sunday, 17. October.

Messages from the Other-World - part of this show is from Lausanne's collection 'Art Brut;' some of the 30 artists represented are William Blake, Marguerite Burnat-Provins, Minnie Evans, Madge Gill, Heinrich Nüsslein, Laure Pigeon and Victorien Sardou. Until 27. February, 2000. At the Halle Saint-Pierre, 2. Rue Ronsard, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers. Info. Tel.: 01 42 58 72 89.

Patchwork, Quilts and Textiles - 50 of the best contemporary French works have been chosen for this exhibition, which will later go on tour in Germany and the United States. See these modern needle-and-thread works, until Saturday, 20. November. At the Bibliothèque Forney, 1. Rue de Figuier, Paris 4. Métro: Pont Marie. Info. Tel.: 01 42 78 14 60.

Mon Père Avait Raison - is a comedy by Sacha Guitry, directed by Jean-Claude Brialy. Frankly, I have no idea what the story is about, but the title is interesting and the names are well-known. From Tuesday to Friday at 20:30, on Saturdays at 21:00 and Sundays at 17:00. At the Bouffes Parisiens, 4. Rue Monsigny, Paris 2. Métro: 4. September. Info. Tel.: 01 42 96 92 42 - and tickets at the usual agencies.

Les Champs de la Sculpture 2000 - this open-air sculpture show was mounted for the first time in 1996 and this year's new edition gets the '2000' label too. Of the 52 pieces to be on view, most have never been shown in France before. One reason for this is that about half of the works have been executed especially for this free exhibition.

Since you don't want a list of 50 names here, I will just say the artists represent five continents. In addition, only the works of living artists are on show -with works dating from 1960 to the '90's. On the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, from the Rond-Point to the Place de la Concorde, Paris 8. Métros: Franklin Roosevelt, Champs-Elysées Clemenceau and Concorde. Continues until Sunday, 14. November.

Le Jardin Planétaire - is a huge exhibition about plants and people, about earth, vegetation, animals and climate; about what we know and about what we should do to keep the world fit for habitation as we pass into the third millennium. This veggie workshop takes up 8500 square metres of the Grand Halle at La Villette. It continues until 23. January 2000. From 10:00 to 18:00 Tuesdays to Fridays; from 11:00 to 19:00 on weekends. Grand Halle, La Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurés, Paris 19. Advance reservation tickets available at fnac, Bon Marché and Carrefour. Métro: Porte de Pantin.

Scène Est - is the new association name of the group of galleries in the rue Louise Weiss. Once againbrochure: paris, art contemporaine they together put on a joint exhibition of modern art works, starting on Wednesday, 5. September, which continues until Wednesday, 10. November. The area is close to the about-to-become 'East Paris' centre in the 13th arrondissement. Usual hours are from 11:00 to 19:00; except Mondays. Métro: Chevaleret.


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