Spring Events Begin

photo: morning, cafe ecole militaire

Breakfasters in a café near the Ecole Militaire.

With the Calendar If Not the Weather

Paris:- Saturday, 24. March 2001:- Writing here two weeks ago that I was 'halfway out the door' must have been a premonition that I wouldn't get more that halfway back through it for this column and this edition.

There are no excuses for this, none that are worth offering that is, so I won't give any. I won't even promise to reform - because Paris will simply step up its multitude of events, to keep me constantly overwhelmed anyway. Tant pis.



Springtime for Museums - translates into free entries to nearly 1000 museums in France and throughout Europe, this coming Sunday, 1. April 2001.

Salon de la Musique - for five days, everything about music in France - composers, artists, instruments, performances - is on show at various locations in the Parc de la Villette, which includes Paris' Cité de la Musique. For this edition, special emphasis is given the estimated five million amateur musicians in France. From Friday, 30. March until Tuesday, 3. April. Find more detailsposter: expo ticket, signac at the Cité de la Musique. At the Parc de la Villette, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin.

Le Printemps des Poètes - from now until next Sunday, do not be surprised if you are assaulted by poets in Paris wherever you go, because they've been given the keys to the city, figuratively speaking. Some poems will be sung. In case you are likely to miss this in person, check out the Printemps des Poètes' Web site. If your favorite café features a living poet, pay careful attention!

Persian Gardens - or, 'Jardins Persans et Moghols,' is a major exhibition in one of Paris' fancier gardens, the Parc de Bagatelle. To begin on Friday and continuing until Sunday, 1. July, this is a two-part show. There will be photos of delicious Persian gardens by Persians, and there will be exceptional pieces from these gardens. Closed on Tuesdays. Bagatelle, Route de Neuilly, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. Park entry: 10 francs.

Contes de Fées - oral culture rendered into 280 pieces of text, some dating to 1695 and Perrault. On view until Sunday, 17. June, at the Richelieu branch of the Bibliothèque Nationale, 58. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 59 59.

Gérard Garouste - takes themes from the Divine Comedy or Don Quixote, to carry on a tradition of painting born in the middle ages. Until Monday, 28. May. At the Musée d'Art et Histoire du Judaïsme, Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Info. Tel.: 01 53 01 86 53.

Quatrième Parallele - features eight French and African artists who worked together in the rain forest in Salo, in the Republic of Central Africa. The works on show are a result of this unusual encounter and collaboration. Until Friday, 20. April, from 10:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. At the location of the Cultural Affairs direction of the Ville de Paris in the Hôtel d'Albret, Salle Jean Musy, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. No entry charge.

Les Années Pop - painting, film, design, architecture, music, shows - the '50's and '60's in all their pastel and plastic glory. 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.

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 anphoto: maison de balzac, passy 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.

Balzac's little hideout in Passy.

100 Years of the Olympics - is otherwise known as 'Les Jeux Font Leur Cinéma,' and is currently playing daily except Sundays and holidays, until Saturday, 2. June. The reason? Paris has applied to host the Olympics in 2008. In the reception space at the Hôtel de Ville, 29. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville.

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. Lots of other music, films, dance - all available from the program. All the rest continues 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.

This item closes the 'opening' events for this week. This column's images are of posters that are around Paris this week, but some are for events - not necessarily listed in the text.

Paysages d'Italie - is an exhibition of fresh-air painters in Italy from 1780 to 1830, when 'grand tours' were popular for artists and other forerunners of tourists. From Thursday, 5. April until Monday, 9. July. Except Tuesdays, usually from 10:00 to 20:00. At the Grand Palais, Clemanceau entry. Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

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 - andphoto: musee guimet continuing from Wednesday, 6. June to Friday, 6. July at the Mairie of the 6th.

Stand-Up Comics - One night only, for Dave Fulton at 20:30 on Tuesday, 3. April. Rob Newman comes in for three one-nighters on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 15, 16 and 17. April; all at 20:30. For more coming comics, see the Laughing Matters Web site. 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.

The exterior of the Musée Guimet looks vaguely Asian.

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.

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.

The Bunch Grass Edge of the World - is a short story by Annie Proulx, to be performed by Word for Word, a San Francisco Theatre Troupe, a group that plays 'every word' the author has written. At 20:00 on Wednesday, 11. April. Contact the American Library in Paris, Salle Adyar, Square Rapp, Paris 7. Métro: Ecole-Militaire. InfoTel.: 01 53 59 12 60.

Niele Toroni - From Friday, 6. April until 16. September; at the Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris' modern art museum.
La Mode et l'Enfant - From Saturday, 12. May until 14. October; at the Musée Galliera, Paris' museum devoted to fashion.
Au-Dessus des Catacombs - from the reopening in June, until 31. December; at the Catacombs, of course. Visitors who try to visit the Catacombs can now also wonder where the 'Lion de Belfort' has gone. It was plucked away from the Place Denfert-Rochereau for some restoration work and should be back in place around the end of July.
Dessins Romantiques Français - rarely seen works from private collections. From Saturday, 12. 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. Info. Tel.: 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: expo regards objectifs, chateau, blois 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. Info. Tel.: 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. Info. Tel.: 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 - and now 'Ed' too - Paul Signac was the Riviera's 'Impressionist' - in a part of France he knew and painted 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. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 17 10.

Les Aquarelles de Signac - feature 133 works by Paul Signac, from the Dyke Collection at the Museum of Arkansas. The above show contains watercolors too - if these are as good, don't miss this. 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. Seen in person, 'Ed' agrees. 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 Andalousies - is sub-headed 'from Damascus to Cordoba,' and concerns the concentration of culture founded by the Umayyad dynasty, begun in Damascus and 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.

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.

Diamants - The show for blonds - features 400 of the world's best - or biggest? - sparklers. Feared to be just some old crystals, the show required a fleet of Brinks' trucks to get it into place. This continues 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.

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. Until Sunday, 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.

"Mille Sabords!" - features Tintin, Haddock, the dog and the other characters from the ever-lasting comic book series by Hergé. 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.

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. Info. Tel.: 01 40 70 92 92.

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. Info. Tel.: 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. Info. Tel.: 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 students 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. Info. Tel.: 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,poster: expo quatrieme parallele 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.

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.

Le Musée Gustave Moreau - is in the old apartment of Gustave Moreau's parents and has been restored to the way it was when he turned it into a personal museum. In the 2nd and 3rd floor ateliers, Moreau's collection on view is as it was discovered by André Breton and the surrealists. Open Monday and Thursday from 11:00 to 17:15; and from 10:00 to 12:45 and 14:00 to 17:15, from Thursday to Sunday. Musée Gustave Moreau, 14. Rue de la Rochefoucauld, Paris 9. Métro: Trinité. InfoTel.: 01

Les Crimes de Paris - shows off Paris' crime scenes, according to thrillers dating from Louis' time to WWI. Until Saturday, 31. March. From Tuesday to Friday, from 14:00 to 18:00; and on Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00. At the Bibliothèque de Littérature Policière - aka BILIPO; 48-50. Rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, Paris 5. Métro: Cardinal-Lemoine. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 93 00.

Archéo 2000 - 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. In the Orangerie, in the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chmin-Vert. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 58 58.


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