Seeing Is Believing

photo: expo, les enfants du monde; rachid khimoune, bercy

'Les Enfants du Monde' on the terrace at the Parc de Bercy.

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Paris:- Saturday, 3. March 2001:- This column offers only the barest details about some of the attractions on show or about to be on show in Paris. There isn't enough space here to offer criticism of these events, and it probably wouldn't be a good idea anyway.

A first glance at the advance notice for 'Les Enfants du Monde,' a series of sculptures by Rachid Khimoune now on show on the Terraces de Bercy, isn't too exciting. It is made up of words, which don't quite make it in describing something visual.

Television that shows you things is what TV is supposed to be about and so seldom is. Last week a short news item showed Rachid Khimoune and his sculptures. There was nothing too extraordinary until it showed how the sculptures were made - from castings taken from Bangkok or New York iron manhole covers - like 'rubbings' from cathedrals.

TV's camera zoomed in on these details and showed how the castings were done, and suddenly the sculptures weren't mysterious 'wholes,' but intricate constructions, assembled from some of the world's more ordinary and everyday hardware.

At Parc de Bercy, 'Les Enfants du Monde' are closest to the métro Bercy, on the nearest terrace overlooking the Seine. Yesterday the weather was gloomy, like grey words on off-white paper - but not the sculptures.



Les Enfants du Monde - 21 sculptures by Rachid Khimoune, a 'spiritual follower' of César. If you see one you like, place a bid on it - there is one copy of each two-metre high sculpture available. See the pieces which are placed on the terrace of the Bercy park. Paris 12. Métro: Bercy. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 67 00.

Mistinguette - is a musical comedy by Franklin Le Naour and Jérôme Savary, evoking the atmosphere of pre-WWI music halls in Paris, by way of the history of the last show by 'Miss' at the Casinophoto: expo balzac dans ses murs de Paris. A really 'big show' until Saturday, 28. April. At the Opéra Comique, Place Boïledieu, Paris 2. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. InfoTel.: 08 25 00 00 58.

Balzac Dans Ses Murs - presents a new layout at the museum, and emphasis on Balzac's working style and private life in near-rural Passy. Until Sunday, 27. May; open from 10:00 to 17:00 daily except Mondays. At the Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Métro: Passy. InfoTel.: 01 55 74 41 80.

Banlieues Bleues - the 18th edition of this jazz festival with 37 concerts, scattered around 17 towns near Paris. Until Thursday, 5. April. Check the Banlieues Bleues Web site for complete details. InfoTel.: 01 49 22 10 10.

Un Surréaliste Espagnol - for the first time in Paris, the works of the Spanish artist, Gonzalez Bernai, are on exhibition. From cubism to 'magic' realism, to surrealism. Until Friday, 30. March. At the Institut Cervantes, 7. Rue Quentin-Bauchart, Paris 8. Métro: George V. InfoTel.: 01 40 70 92 92.

American Folk Art - features American painters of the 18th and 19th centuries, whose works are called either 'folk art' or 'primitive.' From the Fenimore Art Museum. Except Sunday and Monday, from 10:30 to 18:30; until Saturday, 24. March. At the Mona Bismarck Foundation, 34. Avenue de New York, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 38 88.

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 this week, but some are for events - not necessarily listed in the text.

Festival de l'Imaginaire - mostly takes place at the Maison des Cultures du Monde, and is a chance to take a look and listen to cultures from all over the world. The festival features a special weekend dedicated to American music, such as Barbershop, Bluegrass and Memphis Blues, from Friday, 9. March, to Sunday, 11. March. Lots of other music, films, dance - all available from the program. Until Saturday, 7. April. Mostly at 101. Boulevard Raspail, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Placide or Notre-Dame-des-Champs. InfoTel.: 01 45 44 72 30.

Diamants - The show for blonds? - features 400 of the world's best - or biggest? - sparklers. Beginning on Saturday, 10. March and continuing until Sunday, 15. July; daily from 9:00 to midnight except on Tuesday, when closing time is 20:00. At the Museum National d'Historie Naturelle, 57. Rue Cuvier, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 79 30 00.

Les Années Pop - painting, film, design, architecture, music, shows - the '50's and '60's in all their pastel and plastic glory. From Thursday, 15 March until Monday, 16. June; daily from 11:00 to 21:00, except Tuesdays. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

"Mille Sabords!" - features Tintin, Haddock, the dog and the other characters from the ever-lasting comic book series by Hergé. Fromposter: compagnons de devoir Friday, 16. March until Sunday, 15. July; from 10:00 to 17:45, except Tuesdays. It's the Captain Haddock connection that put this into the Musée de la Marine, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 69 53.

Belle, Au Bois Dormant - with the dancers from the ballet company of Ekterinbourg, and the danse centre of Caen. Thursday, 15. March to Sunday, 18. March. At the Théâtre National de Chaillot, 1. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 30 00.

Ballet - featuring the stars and first dancers, some coming dates begin on Friday, 23. March and continue to the end of April, at various times. Opéra Bastille, 2 bis. Place de la Bastille, Paris 12. Métro: Bastille InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

K . . . de Philippe Manoury - is based on 'Le Procés' by F. Kafka. Coming dates begin on Wednesday, 7. March and continue to the end of the month, at various times. Opéra Bastille, 2 bis. Place de la Bastille, Paris 12. Métro: Bastille InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

Don Carlo - by Giuseppe Verdi. Directed by James Conlon. Coming dates begin on Friday, 16. March and continue into April, at various times. Opéra Bastille, 2 bis. Place de la Bastille, Paris 12. Métro: Bastille InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

Il Barbiere di Siviglia - by Gioachino Rossini. This production in Italian under the direction of Evelino Pido. Coming dates begin on Saturday, 10. March and continue until Tuesday, 20. March, at various times. Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 15. Avenue Montaigne, Paris 8. Métro: Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 49 52 50 50.

L'Or des Amazones - is an exhibition of the prestigious works by nomads from the steppes of Asia; from 600 BC to 400 AD. All the pieces are on loan from southern Russian museums and include the entire collection from the tomb of the Princess of Kobiakovo. Coming to the Musée Cernuschi on Friday, 16. March; continuing until 15. July. Open from 10:00 to 17:40 daily except Mondays. Musée Cernuschi, 7. Avenue Vélasquez, Paris 8. Métro: Villiers. InfoTel.: 01 45 63 50 75.

Stand-Up Comic - Derek Edwards was a big hit in Timmins, Ontario before he left town 10 years ago for bigger things in 'The Soo,' and will be taking a break from UK-TV to tryout some 'Canuck' jokes in Paris. See, hear, Derek Edwards at the Hôtel du Nord, 102. Quai de Jemmapes, Paris 10. Closest métro: probably is Gare de l'Est. InfoTel.: 01 53 19 98 88.

Springtime for Giuseppe Verdi - opera, opera as concert, a huge musical spectacle at Bercy, plus a selection of opera films at the Louvre - all treat Verdi during March. He is obviously somebody's darling.

Salon de la Musique - is an annual salon featuring everything about music, from instruments to musicians. Specifically featured this year will be the five million amateur musicians who play in France. This year it unrolls Friday, 30. March until Tuesday, 3. April. Out at La Villette and around the Cité de la Musique there. More details to come.

International Marathon de Paris - is the 25th edition and it takes place in Paris about a month later, on Sunday, 8. April 2001. This 'big one' takes routes into both the Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes, but mainly runs through Paris' centre on the right bank, with a dip into the 16th arrondissement. Sign-up deadline is 18. March.

Paris Film Festival - features 60 films, many for the first time. Alain Delon is this year's festival president and this year's guest of honor is Rome's Cinecitta with lots of Italian film folk. Renault's fairly new Atelier Renault on the Champs-Elysées will have an exhibition for the occasion. See the Festival du Film de Paris Web site for more details. From Wednesday, 28. March until Tuesday, 3. April. Info. Tel.: 08 26 02 27 27.

Salon du Livre - features Germany this year as the country of honor. From Friday, 16. March until Wednesday, 21. March. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles.
La Mode Enfantine - From Sunday, 1. April until 31. October; at the Musée Galliera.
Paris et Charles V - the 'Wise,' son of Jean le Bon, crowned in 1364. Builder and arts patron, Charles V transformed the Louvre from a fortress into a palace. From Thursday, 5. April until Saturday, 26. May; at the Bibliothèque Forney - and continuing from Wednesday, 6. June to Friday, 6. July at the Mairie of the 6th.
International Model Salon - or, for its full name, 'Mondial de la Maquette et du Modèle Réduit - Salon des Jeux.' 300 exhibitors, over 10,000 models; plus 1000 games. From Saturday, 7. April until Monday, 16. April, from 10:00 to 19:00, and to 22:00 on Friday, 13. April. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles.
Au-Dessus des Catacombs - From the reopening in June, until 31. December; at the Catacombs, or course.
Le Dessin Romantique - From Thursday, 3. May until 15. July; at the Musée de la Vie Romantique.

Picasso Erotique - features about 40 paintings and 250 drawings and engravings, more or less treating one subject - one of Picasso's favorites - from the beginning of the last century up until the '60's. Until Sunday, 20. May; from 12:00 to 19:00 and 12:30 to 21:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays; closed Mondays. At the Jeu de Paume, 1. Place de la Concorde, Paris 1 - within the Tuileries. Métro: Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 12 50.

Rodin En 1900 - this exhibition recreates as nearly as possible one mounted in 1900, featuring 168 sculptures, drawings and photographs that were shown at the Pavillon de l'Alma. Untilposter: cyrano ne bergerac Thursday, 10. May; from 11:00 to 18:00; except Mondays. At the Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue de Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon r Saint-Suplice. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 25 95.

Paris 1900 - 'Les Artists Américains à Paris,' include William Merrittchase, James McNeill Whistler, Sargent, Tiffany Vitrail - who were shown at the Universal Exposition of 1900. Until Sunday, 29. April. At the Musée Carnavalet, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin Vert. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 21 13.

Signac 1865 - 1935 - is an exhibition of this significant artist's works, mounted by the Musée d'Orsay and staged at the Grand Palais. According to a TV-report, Paul Signac was the Riviera's 'Impressionist' - in a part of France he knew better than his northern brothers. Until Monday, 28. May - by reservation from 10:00 to 13:00; otherwise none necessary. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 10.

Les Aquarelles de Signac - feature 133 works by Paul Signac, from the Dyke Collection at the Museum of Arkansas. Until Tuesday, 15. May; from 11:00 to 17:00, except Mondays. Musée Marmottan, 2. Rue Louis-Boilly, Paris 16. Métro: La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 42 24 07 02.

L'Asie des Steppes - 'From Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan' is the first major exhibition to be hosted by the Musée National des Guimet. The time spans from 350 BC to 1225 AD, from Europe to China; reunited in 150 works. Until Monday, 2. April. Except Tuesday, open from 6:45 to 17:45. The Arts Asiatiques - after six years of work, one of the world's most important museums devoted to the arts of Asia has reopened. Shown on TV, it looks great. Hours are 10:00 to 18:00, except Tuesdays. Musée National des Guimet, 19. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 53 00.

Alberto Giacometti - 'Le Dessin à l'Oeuvre,' features 150 working drawings, from public and private collections - a Giacometti retrospective on the 100th anniversary of the artist's birth. Until Monday, 23. April; from 11:00 to 21:00 except on Tuesdays. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Les Primitifs Italiens - 50 newly restored rare works, by Giotto, Boticelli and Monaco; and four other major schools of Italian painting are represented in this important exhibition. Until Sunday, 25. March; from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Musée Andre-Jacquemart, 158. Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8. Métro: Miromesnil. InfoTel.: 01 42 89 04 91.

Les Andalousies - is sub-headed 'from Damascus to Cordoba,' and concerns the concentration of culture founded by the Umayyad dynasty, begun in Damascus andposter: thr huchette transferred to Andalusia in 756 AD. Until Sunday, 15. April; daily except Mondays; from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1. Rue des Fosses-Saint-Bernard, Paris 5. Métro: Cardinal Lemoine. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 38 38.

L'Ecole de Paris 1901-1929 - is a big expo devoted to foreign 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 twin peaks of Montmartre and Montparnasse, these 'visitors' had a tremendous influence on French art. Until Sunday, 11. March; except Monday, open daily from 10:00 to 19:00. Musée d'Art Moderne, 11. Avenue du Président-Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

Museum Note - the Musée d'Orsay is doing a bit of interior remodelling this year, and has moved its entry for visitors to the side facing the Seine, on the Quai Anatole France. The entrance for groups is on the opposite Rue de Lille side.

Ani, Capitale d'Arménie - 1700 years ago Armenia adopted Christianity as its state religion. This exhibition presents 100 objects from the capital, Ani - a mediaeval city buried in time, at the crossroads of Asia minor. About 20 manuscripts from the 11th to 14th centuries are also on view. Until Tuesday 15. May, at the Pavillon des Arts, Porte Rambuteau, Terrace Lautréamont, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

From One Century To Another - 'D'un Siécle à l'Autre, le Compagnonnage du Devoir' shows how the descendants of the cathedral builders carry on their building and craft traditions, in this show organized by the Compagnons de Devoir. Until Thursday, 31. May; from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Compagnons de Devoir, 1. Place Saint-Gervais, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 74 43 97.

17th Century Design in France - is two exhibitions, featuring design as it was done and as it is done today, by 27 studentsposter: expo meurs, ressuscite of the Beaux-Arts. Daily except Monday; from 13:00 to 19:00; until Saturday, 31. March. At the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, 13. Quai Malaquais, Paris 5. Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés or Pont-Neuf. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 50 00.

La Verité Nue - features masters of Austrian expressionism; Boecki, Gerstl, Kokoschka and Schiele. Continues until Monday, 23. April; from 11:00 to 18:00 except on Tuesdays. At the Musée Maillol, Fondation Dina Vierny, 59-61. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Rue du Bac. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 59 58.

Enkibilalandeuxmilleun - is another exhibition by a comics master, in a country where the comics are an art form, and thus worth as much or more than other forms of art. Therefore, 'art' by Enki Bilal, until Saturday, 14. April. At the Bibliothèque Historique, 22. Rue Mahler, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 29 40.

Jean Vilar - actor and director, Jean Vilar ran the Théâtre National Populaire from 1951 to 1963. On show, photos, models of decors, posters and costumes by Gischia. Until Sunday, 1. April; from Wednesday to Sunday; from 13:00 to 19:00. Musée - Chemin du Montparnasse, 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

volt(a) - from the spark to the battery, is an electrifying exhibition presented at the Musée des Arts et Métiers, 60. Rue Réaumur, Paris 3. Métro: Arts et Métiers. Open daily except Mondays and holidays; from 10:00 to 18:00; on Thursdays until 21:30.

Grand Comme un Mouchoir - is an exhibition presenting antique handkerchiefs, and contemporary artistic ones. From Tuesday, 16. January until Saturday, 17. March; from Tuesday to Saturday, from 13:30 to 20:00. At the Bibliothèque Forney - Hôtel de Sens, 1. Rue Figuier, Paris 4. Métro: Pont Marie InfoTel.:01 42 78 14 60.

Poster Festival of the Year 2000 - Paris jumped the gun by having its 'Millennium' festival a year early, but some of the posters for it are exceptional. See - and perhaps buy - these now and until the end of March. 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.


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