Mose, Not Noah of the 'Flood'

photo: terrace, ile saint louis

Afternoon's gold and haze do not come up well in photo;
the Ile Saint-Louis, yesterday.

More Big Expos Fill the Calendar

Paris:- Saturday, 30. October 1999:- During the week, while tired of looking for 'America,' I dropped into the Mose exhibition mentioned last week - partly becausephoto: cartoonist mose, gal an girard many famous artists lived in the street at one time. Mose came to Paris in 1945, so he had his heyday at Le Montana, Le Bar Vert and Le Rose Rouge.

I thought might be an exhibition about the 'Flood' or something, but that was Noah wasn't it? It actually concerns an 80-year-old relic named Moïse Depond, who was one of the first cartoonists in the American style to be regularly published by the Paris press.

Hard to see: the skelton of the bird inside the birdcage of the cat.

He now lives out in the provinces somewhere nice, but keeps working. While his latest stuff is more elaborate - paint, canvas - he cannot help putting in a 'gag.' Fine and good, but this gallery exhibition is also to sell his original cartoons - which still bear signs of the art directors' markups. If you care to meet Mose in person, he will be at the gallery on Tuesday, at about 15:00.

See his 'Images Imaginaires' until Friday, 12. November, at the Atelier André-Girard, 7. Rue Campagne-Première, Paris 14. Métro: Vavin or Raspail. From Tuesday to Friday, from 12:30 to 18:30.

Mirza Moric - has been quietly sitting under a canvas marquee in the Square René Viviani since Thursday, 9. September, watching over a garden of his fantastic sculptures that nobody bothered to tell me about. The open-air expo is called 'Le Labyrinthe Sculptural.' If you tire of waiting for the scaffolding in front of Notre-Dame to come down, cross the Pont au Double to the left bank and enter the little park, which is also home to Paris' oldest or second-oldest tree.

With Mirza Moric, try to imagine Thai temple figures that have gone wild - rounder, exaggerated - but no less complex, which are strewn around this little square. While the 'modern' stuffphoto: mirza moric, sculpture at 'Les Champs de la Sculpture 2000' may leave you baffled, not so here. The exhibition continues until Sunday, 12. December. Paris 5. Métro: Saint-Michel or Cité. No phone.

Destins des Femmes - Colette as the symbol of women's destiny, is the subject of this exhibition of homage to Colette and all women who have this their mark on this century about to end. Open daily, from 10:00 to 19:00; until Sunday, 16. January. At the top of the Grande Arche at La Défense. Métro and RER: La Défense. Info. Tel.: 01 49 07 27 57.

Chatou's 42nd Salon des Beaux-Arts - this year also features honored painters from each of the past ten years, plus a hundred other contemporary artists. This year's honored artist is Pierre Rannaud, who has done the painting on the cover of the exhibition's brochure. From Saturday, 13. November until Sunday, 28. November. Open daily from 15:00 to 19:00; and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 to 13:00 and from 14:30 to 19:00. At the Centrephoto: fest hispanique Artistique Jacques Catinat, 3. Place Maurice Berteaux. In Chatou. Take RER line 'A' to Chatou. Info. Tel.: 01 30 53 32 05.

8th Festival de Théâtre Hispanique - is mainly Spanish, but also features artists from Argentina and Cuba, who fill this location with theatre, dance and a Flamenco concert as a final event on 28. November. Begins on Friday, 5. November. Vingtième Théâtre,7. Rue des Plâtrières, Paris 20. Métro: Ménilmontant. Info. Tel.: 01 43 66 01 13.

Turner et la Seine - Turner turned his eye to the Seine often between 1802 and 1832, with a systematic exploration beginning in 1820. 150 resulting watercolors are on show until the end of January at the Pavillon des Arts, Les Halles, Porte Rambuteau, Terrace Lautréamont, Paris 1. Except Mondays and holidays, open daily from 11:00 to 18:30. Info. Tel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

Issy's Saison Artistique - is outlined in a thick brochure, which lists events in the nearby Paris suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux from now until May 2000. Handy, there is one event per page and these pages can be torn out and posted at eye-level as a reminder. But the brochure is also a reminder of the vast richness of the cultural scene outside of Paris - which shows the impossibility of detailing every event in a column like this one.

Paris-Banlieues-Tango - Last year about this time Norman Barth send me an email, asking if I knew about Paris' Tango Festival and the Tango's 100th anniversary. He wondered whether anybody would be interested in it.

This year must be Tango's 101th anniversary and I have no information about it except for a program, which is three pages long, crammed full of tiny text. Fortunately the Paris-Banlieues-Tango has a Web site - and its program should be up and running. For information, write to the FAMA or call Info. Tel.: 01 48 87 74 23. The 60 days of Tango continue until Sunday, 5. December. The Fondation Argentine at the Cité Universitaire is also behind this.

Le Coup d'Etat du 18 Brumaire, An VIII - is a exhibition-dossier of the original text of a proclamation by the General-in-Chief Bonaparte, issued at 11 o'clock in the evening of 10. November 1799.

On view, except Tuesdays, from Monday to Friday, 12:00 to 17:45; on Saturday and Sunday, from 13:45 to 17:45; until Friday, 31. December. Centre Historique des Archives Nationales, Musée d'Historie de France, Hôtel de Soubise, 60. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3. Info. Tel.: 01 40 27 62 18. And at the Musée Municipal de Saint-Cloud, 60. Rue Gounod, Saint-Cloud. Info. Tel.: 01 46 02 67 18.

Coming Soon

Brésil Baroque - Between Earth and Sky - 500 years ago next 22. April, Alvarès Cabrai found an unknown land, which is known asphoto: expo brasil baroque Brazil today. Apparently unlike Peru or Mexico, Brazil was a blank slate, to be filled in by Indians, Africans and Europeans. The resulting art is little known in Europe and this exhibition will change our 'blank slate' view of it.

Flame carrying angel, attributed to Aleijadinho. 18th C.

This exhibition begins on Thursday, 4. November and continues until 6. February. Next spring, 30 centuries of Mexican art will take over, also in 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.

Portrait of Mexico - as part of the '2000 in Paris' salute to the new world of the Americas, a film history of Mexico is a current attraction at the Forum des Images-Vidéothèque. This is in the Forum des Halles, by the Porte Saint-Eustache entry, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 44 76 62 00.

Other New Stuff:

Hommage à Bernard Anthonioz - editor and contemporary of André Malraux, Bernard Anthonioz touched nearly everything classified as art today. This exhibition shows works of artists he supported, from Picasso and Braque, to Cueco and Viallat. Until Sunday, 2. January, at the Couvent des Cordeliers, 15. Rue de l'Ecole de Médecine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon or Cluny-La Sorbonne. Open Tuesday at Sunday, from 11:00 to 19:00. Info. Tel.: 01 43 29 39 64.

La Femme, Mode d'Emploi - 'Balzac - Superstar' is a phrase making the rounds at the moment, due in part to waves he made 170 years ago with the publication of 'Méditation de Philosophie Electique Sur le Bonheur et Malheur Conjugal' - or, 'Physiologie du Mariage' for short; it was intended as a 'Guide for Bachelors.'

Balzac had 'scientific' aid, provided by the experiences of two of his mistresses, to lend authenticity and authority to the work, and even provided interesting 'statistics,' worthy of later work by Masters and Johnson. Contemporary cartoons by Monnier, Gavarni and Daumier round out the picture. This exhibition continues until Tuesday, 4. January.

At the 'Maison de Balzac.' Open daily except Monday, from 10:00 to 17:40. Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Métro: La Muette or Passy. Info. Tel.: 01 42 24 56 38.

La Mort n'en Saura Rien - is an exhibition of 74 pieces or sets depicting how man faces death, from two widely separated civilizations; Europe and the islands of the oceans - selected for their aesthetic qualities from public and private collections. This exhibition continues until 24. January 2000. Two other single-artist exhibitions begin on Friday, 29. October; featuring the Moroccan artist Farid Belkahia and the little-known Clovis Trouville. These continue until Monday, 3. January.

At the Musée National des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée and bus 46. Open daily except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 17:30. Entry fee for the temporary exhibitions includes access to the permanent collection of art from Africa and the islands of the oceans. Info. Tel.: 01 43 46 51 61.

Musée d'Art et d'Historie du Judaïsme - has two shows: the first is entitled 'Regards - Sur la Vie Juive au Maroc' and the second, in the 'Chambre du Duc,' will present the works of Jean-Pierre Bertrand with the title 'Ethrog, 1999.' Both exhibitions continue until Sunday, 2. January 2000.

The museum 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. Since it is a new museum, there is also an Internet address you can write to for information. Musée d'Art et d'Historie du Judaïsme, in the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan. This is 'in' the Marais, at 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau.

Jean-Sans-Peur's Tower Reopens - 'John-Without-Fear' was scared witless by the potential revenge of the Armagnacs, so he built himself a early 15th century fortified tower as a 'security-blanket.' Renovated over the past 13 years, its six floors are now open to the public on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, from 13:30 to 18:00. During school holidays, open every day except Monday. At 20. Rue Etienne Marcel, Paris 2. Métro: Etienne Marcel. Info. Tel.: 01 42 61 55 02.

Hadrian's 'Hôtel' - was actually a villa, because he was a Roman; one known to prefer walls to towers. His Villa Adriana, rediscovered at the end of the 18th century, has yielded treasures which are now on display at the Mairie of the 5th; assembled as a set for the first time. On view until Sunday, 19. December; from 11:00 to 17:45 during the week and from 14:00 to 17:45 on Sundays. Mairie of the 5th, 21. Place de la Panthéon, Paris 5.

The Musée de la Poupée - this small museum is showing Bécassine, Bluette and the dolls that were featured in the 'Semaine de Suzette,' a weekly magazine for girls that was published from 1905 to 1960. These will be shown along with dolls made under the 'Corolle' name. Musée de la Poupée, Impasse Berthaud, Paris 3. In a dead-end opposite the métro exit at Rambuteau. Open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 73 11.

Current Big Exhibitions:

Napoléon's Eye - was Dominique Vivant Denon's nickname, and he has a huge portrait on the 'Denon' wing of the Louvre to prove it. Denon had his finger in every intellectual pot in his time, and ended up being the Louvre's first director, which kind of makes him the grandfather of all big museum directors. This exhibition contains his private collections and his public ones, as Napoléon's servant. At the Louvre, every day except Tuesday, from 9:00 to 17:45; with late evening to 21:45 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Paris 1. Métro: Palais Royal. Info. Tel.: 01 40 20 50 50.

Here Come Les Fauves - for 30 years nobody has paid much attention to these wild men of color, who crashed in the public'sphoto: expo le fauvisme consciousness in 1905 with their flaming palettes. No 'isms' here; just full-tilt color. Big names by the metre, lots of color; a perfect winter show. From 10:00 to 17:30 daily except Mondays; until 27. February 2000, at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 11. Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau Info. Tel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

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 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.

The artists represent five continents and 25 of the pieces I saw on my visit were dated 1999. 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.

Théo Van Gogh, Dealer, Collector - and brother of Vincent Van Gogh, put all his resources into his family, his collection and to promoting the 'unsalable' production of his brother. Théo followed all the 'isms' of the day and this varied show reflects many of them, from Camille Corot to Camille Pissarro - as well as his brother, Vincent. Until Sunday, 9. January. Except Monday, daily from 10:00 to 18:00; Sundays from 9:00 to 18:00. Musée d'Orsay, 1. Rue de la Légion-d'Honneur, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER 'C' Musée d'Orsay. Info. Tel.: 01 40 49 48 84.

Chardin's Still Lifes - are called 'Natures Mortes' in French, which sort of means 'dead nature' which 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 have used a lot of 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. 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. This exhibition presents 60 representative works and it continues until 2. February 2000, at the Musée Carnavalet, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin Vert. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 21 13.

'Pas Si Bêtes! 1000 Cerveaux, 1000 Mondes' - Paris' Grande Galerie de l'Evolution du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle has an exhibition about the possible interactivity between brains. I don't have any info about this other than the address of the Web version, which will be online until 10. July 2000. The museum is in the Jardin des Plantes, with its entry at 36. Rue Geoffrey Saint-Hillaire, Paris 5. Métro: Place Monge is closest.

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 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.

Le Jrdin 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.


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