The (Nearly) Full Fall Program

photo: opera bastille

An almost village-like view of the Opéra at Bastille.

Contains Everything But Walnuts

Paris:- Saturday, 14. October 2000:- I have a pile of press notices for current or coming events that I intended to include in this week's column, but just as I was about to start on them an even bigger pile of new stuff landed on top.

Most items are included, even if some of them are a bit sketchy. Before you ask, I haven't received anything new about this year's Christmas and New Years yet. For general information, please consult the last two years' versions of this column, starting with the December issues.



Here are few selected events for this week. Most new items are here, with a few buried further down in 'Théâtre, Opéra.' Read slowly and take your pick.

Fête de la Science - the poster seen in the métro mentioned two locations; one of which is the Musée des Arts et Métiers. This museum has five elements to its show: mathematics, a 'pyramide de la measure,' a series of conferences, a scientific game, and a booklet containing mathematic games. From now until Sunday, 22. October, from 10:00 to 18:00; until 21:30 on Thursdays. At the Musée des Arts et Métiers, 60. Rue Réaumur, Paris 3. Métro: Arts et Métiers. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 82 00.

Painted Walls - or, 'Murs Peints,' is a Paris expression of street decor, found on about 100 walls in the city. See Tony Soulé's at 255. Rue de Bercy, Paris 12; or Hervé di Rosa's at 96. Rue d'Alleray, Paris 15. Keep your eyes open for the others.

Paris en 80 Quartiers - in a year of big shows, this may be the biggest of all, and it's about Paris and Parisians. The '80 Quartiers' are divided into the 20 arrondissements, and can currentlyposter: 7th european cat show be seen in the 'City Halls' of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 16th and 17th arrondissements. Other arrondissements to come; until Wednesday, 27. December. All Mairies are open on weekdays and Saturday mornings. A catalogue of 130 pages is also available in the Mairies.

La Chaise Dans Tous Ses Etats - is also called 'Geste d'Art 2000' and this concerns the artisans of the viaduct on the Avenue Daumesnil, who have chosen the chair as this year's motive. Until Sunday, 29. October; from 14:00 to 20:00. Paris 12. Métro: Gare de Lyon.

Panorama - 'des Capitales Européennes' is the full title, and this architectural exhibition takes place in the city's dedicated museum for it; at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Boulevard Morland, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland. InfoTel.:01 42 76 33 97.

75th Anniversary Fête - for the International Cité Universitaire, this is the link for its MixCité program. This fête lasts until Sunday, 22. October, and has something for everybody - from music to films. At 19. Boulevard Jourdan, Paris 14. Métro: Porte d'Orléans or RER Cité Universitaire. InfoTel.: 01 43 13 65 56.

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 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.

Archéo 2000 - launches the opening of the restored Orangerie, which is Paris' only 17th century example - in the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau. On show: a collection of the archeological finds from the recent Bercy digs; featuring in whole or parts, ten 4-6000 year-old canoes. These have become part of the Musée Carnavalet - Historie de Paris permanent collection. Open Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 17:40. At 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin-Vert. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 58 58.

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. To view this, embark at the Port de l'Arsenal with Canauxrama or Paris Canal. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 67 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 events - not necessarily listed in the text.

A bomb-load of coming events has just been dropped on me, in addition to the monster program for 'Paris en 80 Quartiers' which comes with 130-odd pages of details.

This year's Festival d'Automne begins on Wednesday, 25. October and continues until the end of the year. A big show of Chinese objects calledposter: manet, natures mortes, musee d'orsay 'La Gloire des Empereurs' will begin on Thursday, 2. November, to be presented at the Petit Palais. Then there will be a festival of 'Arabo-Andulouse' music, beginning on Friday, 3. November and lasting for the weekend at UNESCO's headquarters in Paris. The Hôtel de Ville's reception area will receive a photo exhibition about Europeans in Paris, beginning on Monday, 6. November and lasting until February. Cotton and mode will be on exhibit at the Musée Galliera, starting on Wednesday, 8. November.

Within another week or two, more details about the individual events for the 'Mois de la Photo' will start showing up. Then about the time I finish tapping these in, the Christmas program will be arriving. No time like the present to point out there are only 69 more shopping days until Christmas!

Argenterie d'Usage - 'Argenterie de Prestige' is an exhibition of the best French silverworks 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, from 25 to 30. October; from 12:00 to 20:00; on Thursday, 26. October 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.

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

Mois de la Photo 2000 - this year is the 20th edition, with Paris as the main subject, divided into three sorts of views: Paris, Paris and photography, and the Foreigner's Paris. In addition to young photographers, old photos never seen before will be shown. Watch for 40 related photographic exhibitions to go along with this. This year's dates are from Sunday, 29. October until Sunday, 26. November. Principal outpost: La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7. Rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Pont-Marie. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 78 00.

Drums Beat - A percussion festival takes place from Thursday, 2. November until Saturday, 4. November; and will feature 60 of the world's best heavy hitters, for all classes of drum music. For more information, tune into the Journées de la Percussion Web site. If your browser conks out on this, the address is 1. Rue de Madrid, Paris 8. Métro: Europe or Saint-Lazare.

Manet, les Natures Mortes - is French for 'still life' so it is not as sinister as you may have thought. Impressionistic apples and pears by the square metre, but a major show all the same. Until Sunday, 7. January; open daily except Monday; from 10:00 to 18:00, to 21:45 on Thursdays, and from 9:00 to 18:00 on Sundays. Musée d'Orsay, 1. Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER 'C' Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

Visions du Future - is a really big show, just in time for Halloween, which presents a history of mankind's hopes - and fears. Except Tuesdays, the hours are from 10:00 to 19:15; on Thursdays until 21:45. Reservations required before 13:00. Until Monday, 1. January 2001, when the world is not coming to an end again. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

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 ofbrochure: ile d'enfance 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 Tuesday, 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. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 17 10.

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, there 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.'

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.

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.

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. This is a highly interesting show, with some rare views 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.

"Du chaos dans le pinceau..." - is from Victor Hugo's 'Les Misérables' as is this exhibition of his little-known designs, paintings, furniture and otherposter: a l'affiche en octobre, thrs prives elements point towards surrealism. Featured in this issue. Until Sunday 7. January; from Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Maison de Victor Hugo, 6. Place des Vosges, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 10 16.

Paris En 3D - from the stereoscopic images 1850 to the virtual reality of 2000; an image show within the framework of the Mois de le Photo. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40; until Sunday, 31. December. Musée Carnavalet - Historie de Paris, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 58 58.

Le Diable Sucré - features cakes, cannibalism, death and... no, it's not the same show as Halloween. Tuesday to Friday, 14:00 to 19:00; weekends, 13:00 to 19:00. Until Sunday, 28. January. At the Pavillon Paul Delouvier in the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurés, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

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 with a little more Yiddish Atmosphère on Tuesday, 17. and Wednesday, 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.

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 today's masters of the profession in France. Until Saturday, 25. November. From Tuesday to Saturday; from 13:30 to 20:00. At the Bibliothèque Forney, in the Hôtel de Sens, 1. Rue du Figuier, Paris 4. Métro: Pont Marie. InfoTel.: 01 42 78 14 60.

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, entry 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.

Usine - 73 artists have picked 'the factory' as their subject, and this is an exhibition of their works. This is serious stuff, with heavy-duty industrial sponsorships. Daily from 10:00 to 19:00, andposter: brit films at pompidou until 21:00 on Thursdays. Until Monday, 18. December. At the Friche Industrielle, 4. Rue du Chemin Vert, Paris 11. Métro: Chemin-Vert. InfoTel.: 01 40 21 81 88.


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