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Only Blurbs - No Criticism

Paris:- Saturday, 4. December 1999:- The other day I was asked by an artist if I wrote 'critiques' for this column. There are a couple of reasons for not doing so.

This column is not intended for those who have access to Paris sources for current or coming events. If it were, I could quit doing this one right now. Program guides of every sort are available here. This column contains a broad range but minimum amount of what you can see or do in Paris.

But the reason I don't do 'critiques' - besides not fitting in here - is more complex. It is hard to create and relatively easy to criticize. No matter what the end result of any 'artwork' is, it was made by man's hand and not by a machine.

It was also made by man's head and how the flufflenutter is one to tell what the artist was thinking of? How is one to even know if the artist achieved his goal? Artists are often over-reachers, and not everything comes out according to plan.

Often they are under pressure to produce - anything - just so long as the walls are covered, the CD is full, the book has more than 100 pages. When you make things by hand, things go wrong. 'Going right' is a 10 percent proposition at best.

The only artists who are not 'commercial' are amateurs. You may say you know amateurs who arephoto: printemps window better than professionals; and you will probably be right. Amateurs have all the time in the world to get it 'right.' This is a luxury professionals don't have.

Most professional artists are committed to producing for public display - thus they are obvious targets of criticism, because they are 'in public.' Amateurs have no such pressure on them.

One of Printemp's festive window displays.

Therefore, I am not going to criticize the 'pros.' It's all 'art' or 'creation' as far as I am concerned. The Louvre is full of it, and a very great lot of it is dead boring. Well-executed, commissioned works, but boring. Some not so well executed; with only historical value.

I am pretty sure just about everything in this column has some interest for somebody. And if I do make some comments about it, this is just to tickle you into going to see it.

For example, the following item is not everybody's darling - but what you will see at Rétromobile is a fine example of what amateurs with lots of time can do.

Rétromobile 2000 - If you wish to exhibit at the coming Rétromobile 2000, here are the telephone and fax numbers of the people who organize this exhibition: from outside France telephone 33 1 48 44 30 30; the fax number is 33 1 48 44 15 15. These numbers were confirmed late last week and were found to be operating as normally as anything at Rétromobile.

I am including this information here because the 'Rétromobile' organization is not on the Web and has no email. When asked why not, they said, 'Because we are Rétro.' For visitors, the dates for the coming edition of Rétromobile 2000 are from Friday, 11. February to Sunday, 20. February 2000. At Paris-Expo.

Judging from enquiries that have found their way here, this 2000 edition of Rétromobile is going to be one too good to miss. Its February date means that the weather may be less than winter, but we'll have to wait and see.

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The items below are not necessarily 'new;' but they are new to this column.

The Three Styles of Bouchard - here I am mentioning a sculptor whose work I've never seen and who died in 1960. The current exhibition shows about 30 of Henribrochure: sculptures bouchard Bouchard's works, executed between 1906 and 1914. I am mentioning this exhibition because Marie Bouchard sent the information about it in September.

I don't know how she got my name, I don't know whether plugging this will get anyone to go and see it, but here it is. Judging from the photos, Bouchard knew how to do it. Until 11. March; open from Wednesday to Saturday, from 14:00 to 19:00. At the Musée Bouchard, 25. Rue de l'Yvette, Paris 16. Métro: Jasmin. Info. Tel.: 01 46 47 63 46. If you go, tell Mme Bouchard how you found out about it.

Manga! - presents the works of 29 cartoonists, for the period 1980-1990. According to the blurb, the exhibition hall has been transformed into a vast 'manga.' Manga-style comics are something I have seen and I dislike intensely as a sort of Disney-style in Japanese.

It is the 'style' that puts me off; either Disney or Japanese. I'll go to see what a 'manga' hall is though. Must be quick; last day is Saturday, 18. December. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 19:00. Entry: 30 francs. At the Maison de la Culture de Japon, 101 bis, Quai Branly, Paris 15. Métro: Bir-Hakeim.

Fleuve Noir - is the name of a 'pulp fiction' publisher, celebrating 50 years of success. Needless to say, 'pulp fiction' is an art form in France with some respectability - it's authors don'tbrochure fleuve noir have to wait to be discovered by Hollywood or dead before they become famous. One hundred authors, 6000 titles; see them all at the - the French name is too long! - at Cop Shop Books, 48-50. Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, Paris 5. Until 26. February; closed Mondays, open weekdays from 14:00 to 18:00, from 10:00 to 18:00 on Saturdays. Métro: Cardinal-Lemoine. Info. Tel.: 01 42 34 93 00.

Voyages Dans la Ferveur - is an exhibition of paintings by the Japanese artist Kaï Higashiyama, who was 91 years old when he left this planet last spring. Part of this show was in Paris in 1977 at the Petit Palais, but this particular exhibition debuts here before going on show in Japan. Until Wednesday, 5. January, except Sundays and holidays; from 10:00 to 18:00. At Mitsukoshi-Etoile, 3. Rue de Tilsitt, Paris 8. Métro: Etoile. Info. Tel.: 01 44 09 11 11.

21st Salon des Vins - and the rest of the title is, 'Des Caves Particulars,' which means the smaller, independent producers - who are hoping you will buy your holiday season supply, after having a good taste, of course. Until Tuesday, 7. December; from 10:00 to 20:00 and on Wednesday, 8. December until 19:00. This year's edition is in roomier surroundings at Paris-Expo, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Toymania! - thousands of toys in collector's condition will be on view and for sale on Saturday, 11. December and Sunday, 12. December; from 10:00 to 19:00; entry: 55 francs. At Aquaboulevard, 4. Rue Louis-Armand, Paris 15. Métro: Balard.

This item closes new events for this week. Some posters accompanying this feature are decorative only; because I am not sure if the event is still current. Theatre runs, for example, often don't have 'until' dates.

Le Temple de l'Homme - some 60 works by Paul Landowski have been gathered from four continents for this major retrospective exhibition, to which I've been invited on Monday but will not make it to it. Landowski did the 'Christ Rédempteur' that overlooks Rio which will give you an idea of which league this one is in. Inphoto: petit palais caps: 'major show.' Starts Tuesday, 7. December and continues until 5. March. Open from Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 17:40, at the Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8. Métro: Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 42 65 12 73.

The Petit Palais is not all that 'petit.'

François Morellet - moves into the Musée Zadkine next Friday, 10. December, for a stay until 5. March. I have an invitation for this one too, so I'll save comment now until I see it. I already know there will be neon. Except Mondays, open daily from 10:00 to 17:30. At 100 bis, Rue d'Assas; Paris 6. Go to the back of the garden and turn right. Métro: Note-Dame-des-Champs. Info. Tel.: 01 43 26 91 90.

39th Salon Nautique - is Paris' big annual boat show, which is mildly important because Paris has a big port, but also because France has a lot of coast and sailors to match. Continuing until Monday, 13. December; from 10:00 to 19:00; on Friday, 10. December, until 23:00. At Paris-Expo, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Salon du Cheval du Poney et de l'Ane - is a horse, pony and donkey show, lasting nine days. Morocco is the guest of honor this year. This a proper salon which features very serious competitions, judging and events - with areas for kids as well. In its 28th year, the salon will fill four of Paris Expo's halls. Until Sunday, 12. December. Daily from 10:00 to 19:00; Tuesday, 7. December until 22:00. Métro: Porte de Versailles. Info. Tel.: 08 03 39 83 98.

Paris Invented - nearly everything usual today in Paris. The Pont-Neuf was invented in 1606 for example. The first covered and heated swimming pool was opened on 8. July 1884, and somebody had to dream up the first cinema, which was done in 1907. See the history of all this from the end of March, at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Boulevard Morland, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 33 97.

Rivages - is an exhibition featuring 200 watercolors depicting the sights and treasures to be found at the water's edge, from the Côte d'Opale on the Riviera to the bay of Mont Saint-Michel or the calanques near Cassis. Part of this expo comes from the Museum of Natural History and also has an aquarium, plus sails rippling in the wind. At the Espace Electra, 6. Rue Récamier, Paris 7. Open daily except Monday, from 12:00 to 19:00. Métro: Sèvres-Babylone. Info. Tel.: 01 53 63 23 45.

Robert Desnos - was a popular pioneer surrealist. All surrealism was pioneering, but not all of it was 'popular.' Desnos is having homage paid to him apparently at the bookshop of the Paris' Bibliothéque Historique, which is a few doors away from the Bibliothéque Historique itself, in the Rue Pavée. Exhibition at 22. Rue Malher, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. Info. Tel.: 01 44 59 29 60.

Brésil Baroque - Between Earth and Sky - 500 years ago next 22. April, Alvarès Cabrai found an unknown land, which is known as 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. 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. 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.

Here Come Les Fauves - for 30 years nobody has paid much attention to these wild men of color, who crashed in the public's 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.

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. This exhibition continues until 24. January 2000. Two other single-artist exhibitions feature 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. Info. Tel.: 01 43 46 51 61.

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, 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.

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.

Napoléon's Eye - was Dominique Vivant Denon's nickname. Denon 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. Until Monday, 17. January. Paris 1. Métro: Palais Royal. Info. Tel.: 01 40 20 50 50.

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.


The Heights of Paris - 'are little known' according to the city's magazine 'Paris Le Journal,' which did not see Metropole's feature about the Parc de Belleville in Paris' 20th arrondissement. The Action Artistique de Paris has some sort of show about the 20th and its views, until Tuesday, 21. December. No name, justposter: manga the address: 18. Boulevard Sérurier, Paris 19. Métro: Porte des Lilas. Info. Tel.: 01 43 25 30 30, which just may be one of the Archives de Paris locations.

Exhibition Roger Pfund - swiss graphics of French banknotes, by Roger Pfund, at the Centre Culturel Suisse, until Sunday, 12. December. Open from Wednesday to Sunday; from 14:00 to 19:00. At 38. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Rambuteau. Info. Tel.: 01 42 71 38 38.

Roni Horn - 'place' or 'geographic' art, is not about geography, but about an environment which is created to surround art, and is part of the art itself. An concurrent exhibition is titled 'L'Autre Sommeil' and it is supposed to be strange, fantastic - modern art, in short. Both until 30. January, at the Paris' Musée d'Art Modern, 11. Avenue du Président-Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Ièna or Alma-Marceau. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00; to 17:30 Tuesday to Friday and to 18:45 Saturday and Sunday. Info. Tel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

Souvenirs Moscouvites 1860 - 1930 has been loaned to Paris by Moscow's history museum. The exhibition has 200 photos and some costumes; plus there is a wealth of other material from closer sources, such as the Vassiliev collection. Paris-Moscow-Paris fashions are the highlights. Until Thursday, 13. January. Musée Galliera, Paris' Musée de la Mode, at 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Except Mondays, open daily from 10:00 to 17:40. Info. Tel.: 01 55 74 41 80.

Jean-Marc Nattier - official portraitist to the family of Louis XV, has his first retrospective which features about 70 paintings and some drawings. Except Mondays, from 9:45 to 17:00 daily. Until Sunday, 30. January. Where else? At the Musée du Château de Versailles, in Versailles. You can't miss it. Take the SNCF train from Montparnasse or the RER line 'C.' Info. Tel.: 01 30 83 78 00.

L'art de la Terre Vernissée - From the middle ages to 2000; includes decorative fragments by Bernard Palissy from the grotto of the Château des Tuileries, which has not been with us since 1871. Until Monday, 10. January; from 10:00 to 17:00 daily except Tuesdays. There are a lot of other objects to see as well at the Musée de Céramique Sèvres, Place de la Manufacture - at the south end of the Pont de Sèvres. Métro: same name. Info. Tel.: 01 41 14 04 20.

Eugène de Beauharnais - or Honneur et Fidélité. Between the end of the 'Terror' and the fall of the Empire in 1814 Eugène de Beauharnais had an exciting life, and won every honor to be had. But did he do it on his own or was he helped by his uncle? Until Monday, 3. January; open daily except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 17:00. Musée du Château de Malmaison in Reuil-Malmaison. Métro or RER line 'A' to La Défense; then bus 258. Info. Tel.: 01 41 29 05 55.

An Ostentatious Auto-Clock - nicknamed 'de Charles Quint.' Augsberg was famous for its clockworks and especially for its 50 auto-clocks. Three in the form of sailing ships exist, and one of them is on view until Wednesday, 5. January at the Musée de la Renaissance, at the Château d'Ecouen. Not easy to find, but the SNCF can take you part way, from Gare du Nord. The bus 269 goes the final distance. Info. Tel.: 01 34 38 38 50.

La Maison Fournaise - is a 19th century guinguette, on an island in the Seine near Chatou. The nearby Grenouille, a floating café at Croissy, was too frenzied with boaters and bathers for Renoir, so he immortalized La Maison Fournaiseposter: thr nombrils with his 'Le Déjeuner des Canotiers' instead. Canoe fans came every weekend, and they still do because of the adjacent boatworks. Guy de Maupassant was another guest of the riverside café, and he included it in his 'La Femme de Paul, Mouche, Yvette.'

Until 2. April 2000, La Maison Fournaise presents its history and its former guests. On the Ile des Impressionistes, in Chatou. Take 'RER' line 'A' to Rueil-Malmaison or Chatou-Croissy. Open from Thursday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 17:00. Info. Tel.: 01 34 80 63 22.

Messages from the Other-World - in French: 'Art Spirite' aka 'Mediumnique, Visionnaire, Messages d'Outre-Monde.' Part of this show is from Lausanne's collection 'Art Brut.' Also see Lucile's funny sculptures somewhere in the snackbar. Until 27. February, 2000. At the Halle Saint-Pierre, 2. Rue Ronsard, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers. Info. Tel.: 01 42 58 72 89.

Maitres de l'Encre - features Chang Dai-Chien, T'ang Hayen and Zao Wou-Ki, three Chinese brush masters, with their limpid ink sketches done on the fly, that look as if they are still wet. Until 6. February, from Wednesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 18:00. At the Musée de Pontoise, 4. Rue Lemercier, Pontoise. Access via SNCF from Gare du Nord or Saint-Lazare. Info. Tel.: 01 30 38 02 40.

The following items are featured in more detail in an earlier 'Scene' column: Turner et la Seine, India Ink and the live sculptor Mirza Moric is still on hand.

Atget & Abbott - is two exhibitions. One is Berenice Abbott's 'Changing New York, 1935 - 1939' which was organized by the New York City Museum and the other is 'Itnéraires Parisiens' by Eugène Atget. This exhibition continues until Sunday, 16. January. Except Mondays and holidays, daily from 10:00 to 17:40. Musée Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 21 13.

Mois de la Photo - The 11th - or the 20th! - Anniversary of the bi-annual 'Mois de la Photo,' calls for a more ambitious program than usual. However, the 'Month of the Photo,' starts in November, 2000. In the interval, check out the Maison Européenne de la Photo, 5-7. rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Pont-Marie. Info. Tel.: 01 44 78 75 07.

The following photo items are presented in more detail in an earlier 'Scene' column: La Fondation Pour la Photographie, Paris Match's 'Eye' and theCatacombs Photo Show.

'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 thisphoto: dec program, paris bibliotheques 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.

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.

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.

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 exhibitionbrochure: theatre fountaine 'mais si' continues until Monday, 10. January 2000. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 47 47.

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.

Jean Moulin, 1899-1943

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.

Le Coup d'Etat du 18 Brumaire, An VIII

Hadrian's 'Hôtel' - villa rather, rediscovered in Paris 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.

Art Exhibition - this is a generic name I give to what may be an interesting exhibition, but which has a name that is far too long. It is its 71st edition and the hero of the day is the painter Erro, and the sculptor Patrick Drouin is also on hand. At the Mairie of the 13th, until Saturday, 11. December. Métro: Place de l'Italie. Daily except Sundays, from 11:00 to 18:00.

Jean-Sans-Peur's Tower Reopens - at 20. Rue Etienne Marcel, Paris 2. Métro: Etienne Marcel. Info. Tel.: 01 42 61 55 02.

The Scandinavians - have followed the Russians into the 'Le Chemin du Montparnasse,' formerly the Musée du Montparnasse. Its location and vocation are unchanged. The exhibition is named 'Les Vikings à Montparnasse.'

These Norsemen preceded the Russians to Paris, by settling in Montparnasse around 1905; mainly to attend the various academies in the area - those of Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, André Lhote and Bissière. They were into every 'ism' going on at the time.

See the works of Allan Osterlind, Issac Grünewald, sculpture by Astrid Noack, abstraction by Erik Olson, and the works of Greta Knutson, who was the wife of Tristan Tzara. In collaboration, many of these joined Léger, Foujita, Cendars, Nils de Dardel and Per Krohg in assisting Rolf de Maré to mount the popular avant-garde 'Ballets Suédois' at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; a unique enterprise which continued for five years in the '20's.

Also see, in the contemporary gallery, the works of Karin Lewin, who has rendered the artist's 'tools of the trade.' Both exhibitions continue until Sunday, 9. January. Le Chemin du Montparnasse, 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. Open from Wednesday to Sunday; from 13:00 to 19:00.

Animal - Antoine Bourdelle liked animals when he was a little kid and he made little models of them. The grown-up Bourdelle did even more with animals and this is the subject of the current exhibition at the Musée Bourdelle, 16. Rue Antoine Bourdelle, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. Except Monday, open from 10:00 to 17:40 daily. Continues until 16. January 2000. Info. Tel.: 01 49 54 73 73.

8th Festival de Théâtre Hispanique

Cheap Seats - if you are under 26, first class private theatre seats are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for one price: 70 francs. With the Folies Bergère, 43 other theatres are taking part in this offer of cheap seats. Info. Tel.: 08 00 80 07 50.

Outrage aux Moeurs - or, the three trials of Oscar Wilde, by Moïsés Kaufman, adapted by Jean-Marie Besset, directed by Thierry Harcourt. Until Saturday, 8. January. At the Théâtre 14 / J M Serreau, 20. Avenue Marc Sangnier, Paris 14. Métro: Porte de Vanves. Info. Tel.: 01 45 45 49 77.

Le Bon Roi Dagobert? - is staged by the Campagnie Patchwork; as a musical fantasy for kids from four to nine. As odd as it may sound, Dagobert was a French king and when he started out, he was not 'bon' at all. At the Théâtre de l'Espace Jemmapes, 116. Quai de Jemmapes, Paris 10. Métro: Gare de l'Est or Jacques Bonsergent. Continues until Sunday, 28. November. On Wednesdays and school holidays at 14:30; on Saturdays and Sundays at 15:00. Tickets: fnac, Carrefour, France Billet, or Info. Tel.: 01 48 03 11 99.

Les Contes Drolatiques - is a piece by current superstar, Balzac, and this is one of his sexy works not taught in schools. Playing daily except Sundays, at 21:30 in the Théâtre Rouge, presented by the Théâtre Lucernaire, 53. Rue de Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Paris 6. Info. Tel.: 01 45 44 57 34.

Théâtre Châtelet Reopens - completely renovated, this large theatre belonging to the city has programmed 210 performances and has 276,297 seats for sale for the 1999-2000 season. Two pieces by Gluck start off Châtelet's new life, with music by John Eliot Gardiner and direction by Robert Wilson. Info. Tel.: 01 40 28 28 00.

Palais des Congrés - The newly reopened Palais des Congrés is hosting a super-show known locally as 'De Gaulle, Celui Qui a Dit Non.'

La Fausse Suivante - appears to be a piece of theatre which is currently playing at the mint. It is by Marivaux, and directed by Michel Verschaere. Thursdays and Saturdays at 20:30; and Fridays and Sundays at 18:00. Until Sunday, 19. December. At the Théâtre à la Monnaie de Paris, 11. Quai de Conti, Paris 6. Métro: Pont-Neuf or Odéon. Info. Tel/Fax.: 01 39 55 10 62.

Salut les Artistes! - announces the Chaillot 1999/2000 season - its 80th. If you want to be up-to-date right now give the Web site of the Théâtre National de Chaillot a hit or call the Info. Tel.: 01 53 65 30 00.

The Cinémathèque Française - has a non-stop program of rare film projections. The film museum operates in two locations: at the Palais de Chaillot, garden entry; and at its location on the Grands Boulevards at 42. Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, Paris 10. Métros: Trocadéro for Chaillot and Bonne Nouvelle for Grands Boulevards. Auto-Info Tel.: 01 56 26 01 01.

See the following theatre items: Les Trois Mousquetaires, L'Amant Anglaise, Les Nouvelles Brèves de Comptoir and 'Le Tartuffe' - which is by Molière, and dance items: Iles des Danses and L'Art d'Etre Spectateur; all in more detail an an earlier 'Scene' column.

Rent-a-Bike - details about the RATP's 'Roue Libre' and other bike rental possibilities are included in a previous 'Scene' column.

Rallye Pédestre - will be a tour through Paris' old passages, and not training for all of next year'sposter: expo mitsukoshi marathons. Taking part costs 50 francs and places are limited to first come, etc; so call 01 42 61 55 02. Oh yes, it's on Saturday, 11. December and the meeting place is in the reception of the Mairie of the 2nd, at 8. Rue de la Banque, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse.

Cyberposte - France's La Poste has 1000 post offices throughout France with Internet connections, possibly making La Poste the world biggest cybercafé without any café. All you do is buy a 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.

Tickets: Théâtre On Line - presents the majority of theatre performances in Paris and the Ile-de-France, with news of new shows, criticism, and has a searchable database.

Tickets: www.fnac.com - France's giant media and cultural retailer also has its 'ticket' Web site, which has just been presented with a new face-lift, which is called a 're-loook.'

fnac's site will also present a vast array - 6000 shows - of performances, events, and amusement park entries, in Paris, the Ile-de-France, and throughout France. fnac is present in many locations in Paris, throughout France and also in Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Taiwan.

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