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The new, and only statue of Charles De Gaulle in Paris.

Two Weeks' Worth of Scene

Paris:- Saturday, 11. November 2000:- This issue of 'Scene' is without the latest new events because the date is a week short of their availability, and this column is going to have to cover two weeks itself.

The unavailability of 'new events' is due to lousy planning; but I intend to make up for this by actually visiting some of the attractions mentioned below - as opposed to merely imagining them - which may also result in a couple of features about them in coming issues.

Christmas and New Years - With the 'long count' still going on in Florida and the US Thanksgiving not here yet, neither is the program for the 2000/2001 holiday season. Some of you are planning to pass this season in Paris, and I guess you want to nail down your reservations.

Metropole has featured holiday issues in the past. You can look these up to get an idea of the holiday season in Paris because the information doesn't change radically from year to year. Because of the extra attention given to last year's so-called 'Millennium' thing, the best past issues to consult are 1998's.

Here is a short list of links to these issues. In 1998 the 'pre-Christmas' program started - somehow - with Issue 3.46 on Monday, 16. November. But the issues that will probably be most useful are numbers 350, 351, and 352, for the New Year's tips. The big 'deuxmille' was with us last year, but take a look at issues 451 and 452 all the same. Coming soon, one of these days, this year's program.



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 - some are elsewhere in this issue and others are in this column below. 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 75 00.

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 dividedposter: montparnasse vu par, musee chemin du montparnasse into the 20 arrondissements, and can currently be seen in the 'City Halls' of the 9th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th, 18th, and 19th arrondissements. Other arrondissements to come; until it wraps up on Saturday, 6. January when it finishes in the 13th. All Mairies are open on weekdays and Saturday mornings. A free catalogue of 130 pages is also available in the Mairies.

Angoulême 2001 - for its 28th edition, this international comics festival has a lady cartoonist as its president for the first time; Florence Cestac. From Thursday, 25. January until Sunday, 28. January; from 10:00 to 19:00. Saturday until 21:00. The easiest way to get to Angoulême is via the TGV 'Atlantique' that departs from Montparnasse; the trip takes two hours and 20 minutes. By the autoroute A10, it is 445 kilometres. The SNCF has a general 25 percent and special 50 percent reduction offers for festival visitors. Tickets for the festival, InfoTel.: 08 20 07 20 20. 'Passport' for three days, 150 francs. Hotel accommodations, InfoTel.: 05 45 69 48 65; from outside France, 33 5 45 69 48 65.

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.

Diner des Cons - was a hit on stage and in the flicks by Francis Veber, in French; and now it has been adapted by Barbara Bray and the Dear Conjunction Theatre Company for a production in English. Beginning on Thursday, 14. December, the run is scheduled to continue until 21. April. Shows are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 21:00. At the Théâtre du Petit Hébertot, 78. bis, Boulevard des Batignolles, Paris 17. Métro: Villiers or Rome. InfoTel.:01 44 70 06 69

L'Oeil et la Main - features more than 200 photos of Bourdelle at work and his works in progress, for the first time, from the collection of Mme Dufet-Bourdelle. Begins Thursday, 16. November and continues until 18. February. Except Monday, open daily from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Musée Bourdelle, 18. Rue Antoine-Bourdelle, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. InfoTel.: 01 49 54 73 73.

Le Dessin Pour Passion - some artists stayed in Paris during the war and some were 'invited' to Germany, and Paul Belmondo was one of these. The time seems right for his 'rediscovery' with an exhibition of 60 of his designs. Begins Tuesday, 21. November; until 21. February. Except Monday, open daily from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Avenue Winston-Churchill, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 42 65 12 73.

L'Ecole de Paris 1901-1929 - is a big expo devoted to artists who arrived in Paris before 1914, and photographers who showed up in the '20's - until it was mostly over in 1930. Based on the barbells of Montmartre and Montparnasse, these 'visitors' had a tremendous influence on French art. From Wednesday, 29. November until 11. March; except Monday, open daily from 10:00 to 17:40.Musée d'Art Moderne, 11. Avenue du Président-Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

La Gloire des Empereurs - China's last big exhibition in Paris was in 1973; this major one presents the considerable finds since then; from the Bronze Age to the Liao epoque. Also featured are the photographs of Roland Michaud. This new exhibition continues until Sunday, 28. January; from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:40; on Thursdays until 20:00. At the Petit Palais. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 42 65 12 73.

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 deposter: painting by paul abbott, galerie de l'europe 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 that was 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 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 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.

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.

Le Coton et la Mode - ordinary cotton may form most t-shirts, but this material has a long and rich history that is not particularly well-known. Until Sunday, 11. March; daily except Monday; from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Musée Galliera, 10. Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 47 20 85 23..

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. 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.

L'Arche Ethiopienne - Exhibition of works from the 14th to 18th centuries, from Ethiopian and European collections, featuring African Christianity which dates to the 4th century. Until Sunday, 7. January. At the Terrace Lautréamont, Porte Rambuteau, Les Halles, Paris 1. Métro: Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

Notre Peyre - 'Qui êtes odieux,' features the works of Gilbert Peyre who does funny stuff that critics might not think is art - which is serious business. See his 'King Pig.' Until Sunday, 31. December. At the Halle Saint-Pierre, 2. Rue Ronsard, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers or Barbés. InfoTel.: 01 42 58 72 89.

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.

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.

Sous le Ciel de la Peinture - Paris - 150 works; oils, aquarelles, drawings, from the 17th century to today; by David, Corot, Delacroix, Picasso, Matisseposter: coupe de raisins sur nappe chinoise by vardanian, galerie flak 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.

'Coupe de Raisins sur Nappe Chinoise,' by Vardanian. At the Galerie Flak©

"Du chaos dans le pinceau..." - is from Victor Hugo's 'Les Misérables' as is this exhibition of his little-known designs, paintings, furniture and other elements point towards surrealism. Featured in a recent 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.

Le Diable Sucré - features cakes, cannibalism, death and... no, it's not the same show as Halloween or Toussaint. 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.

This year's Fêtes d'Automne continues until the end of the year, with Italy as the theme this year. Some of the exhibitions featured here are part of this festival, while other exhibitions, concerts and special theatre productions are too numerous for complete listings. The city's Web site has more, and there is also the InfoTel.: 01 52 45 17 17.

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.


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.

Images of Bretagne - features a selection of Henry de Waroquier designs, from the rich drawing cabinets of the Musée des Années 30; on show until Sunday, 28. January. In the Espace Landowski, 28. Avenue André Morizet, Boulogne-Billancourt. Métro: Marcel-Sembat. InfoTel.:01 55 18 46 42.

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.

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.

Des Européens à Paris - is a photographic exhibition, presenting Paris as a place to visit or an European crossroads; voyagers leave traces and their historiesposter: expo, l'oeil du nord, institut neerlandais here. Until 3. February. At the reception area of the Hôtel de Ville, 5. Rue Lobau, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel-de-Ville. If Rue Lobau doesn't seem right, try the Rue de Rivoli entrance.


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