'Méditerranée' at the Grand Palais

photo: opera bastille

If it looks like near-winter, then it must be Opéra
time at Bastille.

Profession Photographer: Roger Pic

Paris:- Saturday, 23. September 2000:- Luckily I'm constantly watching the TV-news for signs of a re-run of the revolution, or I wouldn't know a thing about the major new exhibition at the Grand Palais.

This has managed to start without the city being plastered with posters for it - or I simply haven't been reading the 'right' métro stations.

Come to think of it, I haven't 'read' Clemenceau-Champs-Elysées lately. If you want to try it, you may as well hit the surface above it, because this is where you'll find 'Méditerranée.'



Here are few selected events for this week. September has so many, that you should also peer closely at 'Coming Events' below for some that start very soon too.

Méditerranée - 'from Courbet to Matisse' is a visual treat to the shock of light that greeted a group of 39 painters when they discovered the Mediterranean sun and sky. An explosion of brilliance, from the Gulf of Genoa to Catalonia, from 1850 to 1920. "Quel soleil ici!" Monnet wrote to Rodin in 1888. Until Monday, 15. January 2001; except Tuesdays, daily from 10:00 to 20:00; on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 22:00. Reservations required before 13:00; none afterwards. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, Square Jean-Perrin, Paris 8. Métro: Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 10.

Roger Pic - is one of the reporter-photographers who has been in all the wars and witnessed all the famines, everywhere in the world. Now his home is Montparnasse and some of his thousands of photos are currently on exhibition at the Le Chemin du Montparnasse. I missed a chance to get more information, but this young museum in an old place is usually is open from Wednesday to Sunday; from 13:00 to 19:00. Entry: may be 25 francs. At 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

Cabaret - 'Berlin, Paris, New York' - this year is the 100th anniversary of Kurt Weill's birth, so it makes sense to bring him back with Lotte Lenya, if your imagination is intact. Directed by Christian Abart, with Claudine Van Beneden and Antoine Guillot. Until Tuesday, 26. December; on Tuesdays at 20:30, at the Pibar, 18. Rue Favart, Paris 2. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. InfoTel.: 01 55 79 05 77.

Mondial de l'Automobile -translates into Paris' biannual International Motor Show, which features the latest creations on wheels from all the world's manufacturers. It you like shiny, clean cars with low milage, this is the place to see them. This year, from Saturday, 30. September until Sunday, 15. October. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Animal Expo - is an annual domestic animal - pets - exhibition. No details, only dates; the weekend of Saturday, 30. September and Sunday, 1. October. At the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes. The park is open from 9:30 to 19:00. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 01 43 43 92 95.

Rallye Métro - this is supposed to take place on Saturday, 7. October. Even though the métro station where I saw the poster had a info booth, they had no info about this at all. If interested, try the Métro's 100th birthday Web site.

Cristina Hoyos - does 'Al Compás de Tiempo' which is called ballet, but I think may be flamenco. Only until Sunday, 1. October. At the Théâtre Mogador, 25. Rue Mogador, Paris 9. Métro: Trinité. InfoTel.: 01 53 32 32 00.

This item closes the 'opening' events for this week. You will find some other new items below. The images are of posters that are around Paris, but some are for coming events - not necessarily listed in the text.

Paris' program for this fall is falling into place. It is long and varied; and it is much longer than I thought. It always is. Some small part of it will find a place here.

1940 - or, 'Année de Tous les Destins,' retraces the WWII campaign of May-June 1940 in France which was fairly clear for one side - drive around the Maginot Line instead of through it - but extremely confusing for the defenders who suffered a total collapse. There are few combat photos in this exhibition, but the beginningposter: bashpelivannis of turkey of the come-back is presented. This exhibition begins on Tuesday, 3 October and continues until 21. July 2001. At the Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris - Musée Jean Moulin, Jardin Atlantique, above the Gare Montparnasse. Paris 15. Open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40. InfoTel.: 01 40 64 39 44.

Il Signor di Balzac - is an exhibition first shown in Rome last June. Balzac visited Italy five times between 1836 and 1846, for some Balzacian adventures which included the Comtessa Clara Maffei, and later his novel 'Massimilla Doni.' In Naples there was Madame Hanska... leading to Ubuzac and Balzubu. From Wednesday, 11. October until Sunday, 7. January; open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Maison de Balzac, 57. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Métro: Passy. InfoTel.: 01 55 74 41 80.

Sam Szafran - 'L'Atelier dans l'Atelier' presents the artist with his pastels and watercolors of interiors and stairways, in Ary Scheffer's recently renovated atelier. Besides 50 well-known works, 50 other images are from private collections. This exhibition begins Tuesday, 17. October and continues until Sunday, 14. January. At the Musée de la Vie Romantique, Hôtel Scheffer-Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Blanche or Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Echos de Lumière - the city has commissioned Keiichi Tahara with the light job of illuminating 600 metres of the underground part of the Canal Saint-Martin, between the Rue du Chemin Vert and Oberkampf. The 'echoes' are built into the canal's waters and the light projections will be set off by passing boats. This will become a permanent Paris attraction, with its inauguration on Thursday, 19. October. Paris 11. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 67 00.

Argenterie d'Usage - 'Argenterie de Prestige' is an exhibition of the best French silverwork pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries, assembled from the collections of the city's Petit Palais and the Musée des Beaux-Arts. From Tuesday, 24. October until 25. February 2001; from Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Musée Cognacq-Jay, 8. Rue Elzévir, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 07 21.

FIAC - is Paris' annual international contemporary art exhibition, which includes artists, their works and their dealers. This year, for 2000, the art fair features an exceptional 200 one-man shows. A colloque organized for 'L'Art Dans le Monde 2000' will be held here on Wednesday and Thursday, 25 and 26. October, in the afternoons. The FIAC is open from Wednesday to Monday, 25 to 30. October; from 12:00 to 20:00; on Thursday, 26. September to 22:00, and on the weekend from 10:00 to 20:00. at the Pavillon du Parc at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Archéo 2000 - opening of the restored Orangerie, Paris' only 17th century example, in the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau. On show: a collection of the archeological finds from Bercy; featuring 4-6000 year-old canoes. Actual dates to come. In October, Paris in 3D, from 1850. Musée Carnavalet - Historie de Paris, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul.

Piste - is the Cirque Bouglione's new show, beginning on Saturday, 28. October and continuing until 31. December. At the Cirque d'Hiver, Place Pasedeloup, Paris 11. Métro: Filles-de-Calvaire. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 08 92.

Mois de la Photo 2000 - this year's dates are from Sunday, 29. October until Sunday, 26. November.

L'Art Dans le Monde 2000 - this is the 2nd edition of a panorama of 'new talent' selected by 36 of the world's top art magazines, and they've chosen 100 artists of 50 nationalities. Besides the magazines, therephoto: sculpture, expo l'art dans le monde will be paintings, sculpture, photographs, videos, 'installations' and performances. See the report in a recent issue. Until Wednesday, 8. November; open daily except Mondays, from 11:00 to 19:00. The location is given as the 'Culée' of the Pont Alexandre III; with the entry located on the right bank on the right side of the bridge. This is a tunnel, both 'warm' and 'industrial.'

This piece is on view at 'L'Art Dans le Monde 2000' exhibition.

Sous le Ciel de la Peinture - Paris - 150 works; oils, aquarelles, drawings, from the 17th century to today; by David, Corot, Delacroix, Picasso, Matisse and others, all showing the 'light' of Paris. Until Sunday, 17. December. In the city's own Salle Saint-Jean, Hôtel de Ville, Rue de Lobau, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville.

Fra Angelico to Bonnard - features 106 major paintings from the Rau Collection - by El Greco, Tiepolo, Millet, Fragonard, Pissarro, Degas, Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, to name a few. Until Thursday, 4. January 2001. Daily from 11:00 to 19:00; on Thursdays until 22:00. Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Suplice, Odéon or Mabillon. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 25 95.

Picasso's Sculpture - is an exhibition, largely postered in the métro, currently at the Centre Pompidou. You know who Picasso is and you know what sculpture is, so this is just an excuse to put in the culture factory's Web URL - which may be a new one. Otherwise, the place is open from 11:00 to 21:00 or 22:00; but never open on Tuesday. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Pierre Bonnard - One on the summer's continuing events, featuring 90 paintings, from Nabi to nudes. Until Monday, 9. October; from 11:00 to 18:00, until 21:00 on Thursdays. Closed Tuesday. Musée Maillol, Fondation Dina Vierny, 59 - 61. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Rue du Bac. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 59 58.

Monet At Marmottan - an exhibition showing a fairly complete collection of paintings by Claude Monet. A special section is set aside for the Giverny paintings. Degas, Caillebotte, Sisley and Gauguin are also present, but this is nearly a mono-Monet show. Until Sunday, 31. December; from 10:00 to 17:00, except Mondays. Musée Marmottan, 2. Rue Louis-Boilly, Paris 16. Métro: La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 42 24 07 02.

L'Arts d'Afrique, d'Asie, d'Océanie et des Amériques - this exhibition is housed in the newly re-opened Pavillon des Sessions in the Louvre. The 'artworks' featured are called 'primitive' by some, but the French have coined a new phrase; 'Arts Premiers.' The entry to the Louvre's new section is located to the south of the Carrousel Arch. Follow the signs to the Porte des Lions. InfoTel.: 01 40 30 51 51.

1st Salon Daguerre - for this first salon, organized by the Photo Club du Val-de-Bièvre, out of 876 black and white and color photos submitted from all over France, 161 were retained for the exhibition. The exhibition continues until Sunday, 1. October; daily from 10:00 to 18:00. In the Salons of the Mairie's annex, at 12. Rue Durouchoux, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau or Mouton-Duvernet. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 11 72.

Affiches 50-60 - are old and rare posters for movies, on exhibition and for sale. Until December. At the Galerie Grand Monde, in the Cour Damoye, entryposter: open doors bastille via 12. Place de la Bastille, Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 48 05 51 30. The Cour Damoye has several other galleries and shops, so a visit to all of it will be worth your while.

Statues pour Bagatelle - or the 'Histoire d'un Retour.' This is a set of 12 statutes, representing mythic characters; somewhat mythic themselves, which may have been removed from Bagatelle before 1905. Were these done for the Comte d'Artois in 1778? Until Sunday, 12. November. Open daily from 11:00 to 17:00. Parc de Bagatelle, Route de Sèvres, Bois de Boulogne. Métro: Pont de Neuilly. InfoTel.: 01 45 01 20 10.

Le Jardin Médiéval - is what has been done with the space between the Cluny and the Boulevard Saint-German, at the corner of the Boulevard Saint-Michel. More exactly, it sort of surrounds the museum. Métro: Cluny.

Yiddish? Yiddish! - this exhibition continues until Sunday, 8. October, with a little more Yiddish Atmosphère on 17. and 18. October. At the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau or Hôtel de Ville. Museum hours Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 18:00; and Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 86 60.

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

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. Until Sunday, 29. October. At the 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. InfoTel.: 01 34 80 63 22.


Le Cadre à Travers les Siècles - is what the invitation says, but other info I have here is more about modern frame-making, by the masters of the profession in France. Until Saturday, 25. November. From Tuesday to Sturday; from 13:30 to 20:00. Atphoto: atelier an girard the Bibliothèque Forney, in the Hôtel de Sens, 1. Rue du Figuier, Paris 4. Métro: Pont Marie. InfoTel.: 01 42 78 14 60.


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