Paris Is Surrounded

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By the Ile-de-France

Paris:- Saturday, 15. April 2000:- The Ile-de-France is the region that surrounds Paris - which is more or less well-known. The region's problem is that it is very big; but its major attraction is that it is authentic French 'countryside,' and it is not far from Paris.

Some items in this column have Ile-de-Francebrochure: fetes ile de france locations. For example, on Easter Sunday there will be Easter-egg hunts at the Ferme de Gally - just west of Versailles, and at the Henri Sellier park in Plessis-Robinson. For the first, Info. Tel.: 01 34 60 63 30 and for the second, Info. Tel.: 01 46 01 43 27.

Much easier is to point out that the region has an office in Paris, which is in the underground Carrousel du Louvre, next to the inverted pyramid. It is open every day except Tuesday, from 10:00 to 19:00. The Ile-de-France Web site is always open. And there is an Info. Tel.: at 08 03 81 80 00, which operates from 10:00 to 19:00.

The current brochure for festivals and events in the Ile-de-France from April to June runs to 65 pages. If you are in Paris, you can pick up a copy either at the Ile-de-France office, or at the several locations of the Paris Tourist Office.

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The items below are not necessarily 'new;' but they open this week's column.

Ozawa at the Champ de Mars - Seiji Ozawa takes over a huge space to wave his magic baton for an evening's free concert featuring the Boston Symphony and the Orchestra de Paris, with a choir of a 1000 local kids who sing like angels. This should be a 'Year 2000' highlight. Free entry for all, on Friday, 5. May. On the Champs de Mars in Paris.

Exodes - for six years and through 40 countries, the photographer Sebastião Salgado sought the story of the world's refugees. Until 3. September, atposter: bibliotheque marmottan, boulogne 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 00.

La Seine et Paris - is an exceptional exhibition because it brings together many items from many sources, to treat two subjects that are inseparable. The Seine has fed Paris, in the days before reliable roads; and the river continues to play its important role - while Parisians and visitors get to admire it. Until Friday, 19. May, this exhibition can be found in the Mairie of the 1st arrondissement, at 4. Place du Louvre. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli. Then from Tuesday, 30. May until Friday, 7. July it will be in the Mairie of the 4th arrondissement, at the Place Baudoyer. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. In both locations, from 12:00 to 18:00; Mondays to Friday.

Brassaï - for the first time in France, Brassaï gets a big retrospective, featuring over 400 works, including photographs, sculptures, designs - some of which are being shown here for the first time. Starting Wednesday, 19. April and continuing until Monday, 26. June; from 11:00 to 21:00, daily except Tuesdays. At the Centre Cultural Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau.

François Mendras - is a modern painter in several styles, all of them large. His special trick: wax. Until Sunday, 4. June see his works in the Espace Hall, at the Palais des Congrès, at 2. Place de la Porte Maillot, Paris 17. Métro: Porte Maillot. Info. Tel.: 01 40 68 22 22.

This item closes the opening 'new' events for this week. You will find some other new items below. Again, lack of time has not permitted me to form a text to go with each of the images - but they do represent current events in Paris.

Lumière aux Cordeliers - eight well-known artists who use light, but not always with electricity, will be having their works shown in the Couvent des Cordeliers, from Wednesday, 26. April until Sunday, 4. June. Open from Tuesday to Sunday; from 11:00 to 19:00. Couvent desposter: lumiere aux cordeliers Cordeliers, 15. Rue de l'Ecole de Médecine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon. Info. Tel.: 01

James Turrell - concurrently with the exhibition at the Couvent des Cordeliers, the Espace Electra will be featuring James Turrell, who plays with light and space. From Thursday, 27. April until Tuesday, 18. July. This event also marks the Espace Electra's 10th anniversary. At 6. Rue Récamier, Paris 7. Métro: Sèvres-Babylone. Info. Tel.: 01 53 63 23 45.

Soleils Mexicains - arrives on Saturday, 29. April in a big show of 250 pieces that continues until 13. August. Featuring pre-Columbian works to the major talents of the 20th century. This is part of the '200 In Paris' homage to the Americas. Coming to 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.

Le Canotage - while canoes are happening outside, in the interior there will be 'Intérieur' by Vlaminck, which the Musée Fournaise thinks he may have painted there. 'There' is the Ile des Impressionistes at Chatou, which has its boatworks, historic museum and a restaurant. From Thursday, 27. April until 29. October. Musée Fournaise, Ile des Impressionistes, 78400 Chatou. Take RER line 'A' to Chatou-Croissy or Reuil-Malmaison. Open Thursday and Friday from 11:00 to 17:00 and on Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 to 18:00. Info. Tel.: 01 34 80 63 22.

Bijoux Romantiques - were made in the time of George Sand, which was considered romantic. For this reason this exhibition of decorative jewelry featuring more than 200 pieces - some from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs - will be taking place from Wednesday, 3. May until 1. October, at the Musée de la Vie Romantique. In the Hôtel Scheffer-Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Blanche or Pigalle. Info. Tel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Foire de Paris 2000 - seems to have everything except this name, but it seems to be the same jumbo home affairs exhibition as in past years. Starting on Wednesday, 26. April and continuing until Monday, 8. May. I still say it's the Foire de Paris. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles.

Musicora Musicmania - is another annual exhibition, but about music and everything that goes with it. Now under a 'new' label, it has moved out to the Grand Halle at La Villette, to be close to Paris' museum of music. From Friday, 28. April until Tuesday, 3. May. Organizer's Info. Tel.: 01 49 53 27 00.

Meeting Ferté 2000 - is yet another annual exhibition and flying show, with real airplanes - some of which are really old. This is the airplane nut's airshow. The two-day 'meeting' is out of town, but not far away at the Aérodrome at Cerny-La Ferté-Alais, in Essonne. Dates are Saturday and Sunday, 24. and 25. June.

Brassaï / Picasso - Beginning in 1933, Brassaï photographed Picasso's sculptures, and all of the original prints were acquired by the Musée Picasso. 150 of them are on display, including some experimental' grattages' by Brassaï. Surrealistic! Except Mondays, daily from 9:30 to 18:00. On Thursdays until 20:00. Until Monday, 1. May. Musée Picasso, Hôtel Salé, 5. Rue Thorigny, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Filles-du-Calvaire. Info. Tel.: 01 42 71 25 21.

2000 Nains à Bagatelle - with a bagatelle of 2000 garden dwarfs, zwergs, nains. For their first real exhibition in France, this is not all kitsch - earlyposter: 12th foire livre ancien zwergs were modelled after court entertainers, and even earlier dwarfs date to antiquity. See the recent feature. Except Tuesdays, open daily from 11:00 to 18:00. Until Sunday, 23. July. Bagatelle, Route de Neuilly, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. Park entry: 10 francs.

Makishi - In a spectacular show, masked dancers from Tshokwe, Luvale, Ngandela in Angola, from Zimbabwe, Zambia and from the south of the Congo, stage a return visit to the Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, within the framework of the 4th Festival de l'Imaginaire - co-organized with the Maison des Cultures du Monde. The exhibition continues until Monday, 26. June. Except Tuesdays, daily from 10:00 to 17:30. Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. Info. Tel.: 01 43 46 51 61.

Les Esprits, l'Or et le Chamane - Gold had no monetary value to the original Americans, who used it for decorations. For the first time in France, 300 of the best examples from the Bogota's Museo del Oro show how the Americans saw death and the destiny of souls. Until Monday, 10. July. Reservations required from 10:00 to 13:00, come as you are from 13:00 to 20:00. Except Tuesdays, open daily and on Wednesdays until 22:00. Closed 1. May. Clemenceau entry, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

L'Empire du Temps - from its own collections, the Louvre presents the legends of time, from antiquity to Christian and western eras. Also suggested is how to use a museum to kill time. Part of the 'Mission 2000 In France' program. Continues until Monday, 10. July. Open daily except Tuesdays; from 9:00 to 17:45; until 21:45 on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Palais Royal. Info. Tel.: 01 40 20 50 50.

1900 - The last turn of the century lasted from 1895 until 1905 and I expect ours will go on for another five years too. One hundred years ago Europe was booming along industrially, and art was booming too, and plants were an inspiration.

This exhibition of things '1900' is like looking in your great-grandparent's attic; all of it too 'Mucha.' A must-see. Until Monday, 26. June. Open daily except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 20:00, on Thursday until 22:00. Morning entries by reservation; after 13:00, at the door. Closed Monday, 1. May. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, Square Jean-Perrin, Paris 8. Métro: Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 17 10.

Droit de Cité Pour la Presse - is subtitled 'Liberté à la Une' - Freedom for the Front Page. This is an exhibition entirely devoted to the idea of the right to access information and freedom of expressing it. Historically it passes from Théophraste Renaudot's 'La Gazette' to the Internet of our times. Until Monday, 15. May, at the Palais-Brongniart, which is also known as the Bourse de Paris. Daily from 10:00 to 19:00. Métro: Bourse. No entry charge. Conferences and hands-on demos. Featured in Metropole a few weeks ago.

Musée des Arts et Métiers - After ten years of being mostly closed and aboutposter: grande gal de l'evolution four years of being all closed, a major Paris museum has reopened. It is full of the tools and machines - many original - that helped make our modern world. A report about my visit to it is featured in last week's issue.

Musée des Arts et Métiers, 60. Rue Réaumur, Paris 3. Métro: Arts et Métiers. Open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00; until 21:00 on Thursdays. Entry: 35 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 53 01 82 20.

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.

Trésors des Arts Asiatiques - is from the collection of Mr and Mrs John D. Rockerfeller III, which is now managed by the Asia Society. This show features 81 major pieces from the entire collection, and comes to Paris after being shown in Melbourne, Sydney and Shanghai. This show continues until Sunday, 14. May. It can be seen daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40, at the Musée Cernuschi, 7. Avenue Vélasquez, Paris 8. Métro: Monceau or Villiers. Info. Tel.: 01 45 63 50 75.

Mutations/Mode 1960/2000 - is an exhibition that takes a look at how fashion has evolved in the last 40 years, with a special look at the textiles themselves and the industry that makes clothing. Until Sunday, 30. July; daily except Mondays and certain holidays; from 10:00 to 18:00. Musée Galliera, 10. Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, Paris 8. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. Info. Tel.: 01 47 20 85 23.

L'Empire du Temps - is an exhibition about the legends of time, the chaos of the origins of our grand myths, from antiquity upwards through time towards us. It also asks questions about the relationships between art and time. From the Louvre's own collection plus pieces from the Musée d'Orsay. Until Monday, 10. July. Except Tuesdays, daily from 9:00 to 17:45; to 21:45 on Mondays and Wednesdays. At the Musée du Louvre, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. Info. Tel.: 01 40 20 50 50.

Calligraphy & Engraving - Two other temporary exhibition at the Louvre are worth your time. 'Calligraphes Ottomanes' from Sakip Sabanci's collection are on view until Monday, 29. May. From the collection of Edmond de Rothschild, 90 engravings plus some drawings from the Custodia Foundation, form the exhibition titled 'Rembrandt, Gravures et Dessins;' on view until Monday, 19. June. Except Tuesdays, daily from 9:00 to 17:45; to 21:45 on Mondays and Wednesdays. At the Musée du Louvre, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. Info. Tel.: 01 40 20 50 50.

Haiti - Anges et Démons - plus voodoo graffiti, Holy Sun, metal Ogou, and contemporary 'magic' - in 300 pieces done between 1945 and today. 'Magic painting,' accordingbrochure: musee des annees 30 to André Malraux. Until Friday, 30. June; from 10:00 to 19:00, daily. At the Halle Saint-Pierre, 2. Rue Ronsard, Paris 18. Métro Anvers. Info. Tel.: 01 42 58 72 89.

Les Peintures de L'Ame - assembles 40 artists who looked into their souls and put what they saw into their works. From Gustave Moreau, to Camille Claudel, to Charles-Marie Dulac. Nickname: 'idealistic symbolism.' Until Sunday, 25. June; daily except Mondays from 11:30 to 18:30. At the Pavillon des Arts, Les Halles, Porte Rambuteau, Terrasse Lautréamont, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet or Les Halles. Info. Tel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

Courbet et la Commune - Seven years after being at the summit of his fame, Courbet died forgotten in Switzerland. His mistake - being on the anti-Napoleonic side during the Commune of 1870. This exhibition shows his work done in prison and in exile. Until Sunday, 11. June. Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10:00 to 18:00; Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 to 18:00. Musée d'Orsay, Quai Anatole France, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER 'C' Orsay.Info. Tel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

Marianne et les Révolutionaires - is a sculpted group by Ousmane Sow, which is accompanied by a film by Béatrice Soulé. This continues until Monday, 26. June. Except Tuesdays, daily from 10:00 to 17:30. At the Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. Info. Tel.: 01 43 46 51 61.

L'Epopée des Heike - is something not to miss. History in the form of 250 sculptures of exquisite paper, carefully folded by hand. Until Saturday, 13. May; Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 19:00 and on Thursdays until 20:00. On display now at the Maison de la Culture du Japon, 101. Quai Branly, Paris 15. Méto: Bir-Hakeim. Info. Tel.: 01 44 37 95 00.


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