A Run Around Paris

photo: bassin tuleries, 1 april

In the Tuileries on Sunday.

Springtime for Italy

Paris:- Saturday, 31. March 2001:- While I would like to moan about how tedious it is to do this column, I won't because moaning is tedious.

I run around and gather the raw material that goes in here and I usually get too much to sort out. Some readers have told me they like the phone numbers and others like the names of the métro stops. Think of all the time I could save everybody, if I only put in phone numbers and métro stops. I am probably the only one who thinks this is a good idea.

In case it is all a grey blur, this seems to be Italy's season. If phone numbers and obscure métro names don't interest you, just skim through and pick out the Italian plums.



International Marathon de Paris - is the 25th edition and it takes place in Paris next 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.

Starting time is 8:50 and is from the Etoile and then descends the Champs-Elysées. From Concorde the route heads east on Rivoli and goes beyond Bastille for a tour around the Bois de Vincennes. On the return, after squeezing by Bastille, the route follows the right bank quays to about the Pont de Mirabeau, before heading towards Auteuil and theposter: louvre, un siecle de dessin a bologne Bois de Boulogne, to the finish in the Avenue Foch. The fastest marathoners should finish the 42 kilometre course about 10:15 - with the last expected around 15:00.

Dessin à Bologne - one hundred year's worth, from 1490 to 1580, from the Renaissance to the 'Réforme Tridentine,' otherwise known as the Council of Trent. Until Monday, 2. July; from 9:00 to 17:45 and until 21:45 on Wednesdays. Musée du Louvre, Pyramid, Cour Napoléon, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 51 51.

Pablo Gargallo - "A Catalan from Catalonia and the Catalan of the Ecole de Paris," also known as 'the Catalan sculptor.' Until Sunday, 10. June; from 11:00 to 17:30; except Mondays. At the Hôtel de la Monnaie, 11. Quai de Conti, Paris 6. Métro: Pont Neuf or Odéon. InfoTel.: 01 40 46 58 40.

Desnos, Foujita, Youki - surrealist love in Montparnasse was - surrealistic! From Saturday, 7. April until Sunday, 29. July; 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.

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 - 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. It beginsposter: musee juif, g garouste on Saturday, 7. April, and continues until Monday, 16. April; from 10:00 to 19:00, and to 22:00 on Friday, 13. April. At Paris-Expo, Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 09 54 14.

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 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.

Les Grands Eaux Musicales - is the Château de Versailles' annual H2O and musical fountain show. Every Sunday, at the 'Grande Perspective' from 11:00 to 12:00; and at 15:30 at all of the Bassins and Bosquets, with the finale at the 'Bassin de Neptune' around 17:20. Also on Saturdays on the following dates - 14. April, the 1, 8. and 24. May, and from 7. July to 29. September including the 15. August. At the Parc du Château de Versailles. Take a train from the Gare Montparnasse or Saint-Lazare, or the RER 'C.' InfoTel.: 01 30 83 78 88.

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.

Springtime for Italy - Italian art could stand up to the test of modernism, from 1880 to 1910. In addition to this major exhibition also see Carlo Bugatti and Gabriele d'Annunzio. Beginning on Tuesday, 10. April, until Sunday, 15. July. Open from 10:00 to 18:00; until 21:45 on Thursdays. On Sundays, opening at 9:00; and at 9:00 beginning on Thursday, 21. June. Musée d'Orsay, Quai de Anatole France, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

2nd Fête des Jazz - kicks off on Friday, 27. April and drums along until Tuesday, 8. May. Hours are from 13:00 to 20:00 except for beginning at 13:30 on 2 and 3. May; and going on until 22:30 on Friday, 4. May. At Paris Expo. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 09 60 00.

Falstaff - opera by Giuseppe Verdi. Wednesday, 25. April, at 19:30. Friday, 27. April at 19:30. Sunday, 29. April at 16:00. Tuesday, 2. May at 19:30. Théâtre du Châtelet, 1. Place du Châtelet, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet. InfoTel.: 01 40 28 28 40.

Foire de Paris - Paris' really big home show features the latest microwaves and the 'inventors' show theirposter: mus luxembourg, rodin 1900 latest magic oyster openers, plus the usual regional food stands show up for hungry Parisians. At Paris Expo. Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 09 60 00.

Needscompany's King Lear - is 'adapted from' Bill Shakespeare's King Lear, and is a dance and musical spectacle. It is also in Dutch, with simultaneous translation in French. From Thursday, 26. April until Saturday, 28. April; at 20:30. Théâtre de la Ville, 2. Place du Châtelet, Paris 4. Métro: Châtelet. InfoTel.: 01 42 74 22 77.

Stand-Up Comics - 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.

Médée Furieuse - is a 'major exhibition' coming on Thursday, 26. April and continuing until Monday, 30. July; daily except Tuesdays from 9:30 to 17:00. At the Musée Delacroix, 6. Rue de Furstenberg, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés or Mabillon. InfoTel.: 01 44 41 85 50.

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.

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 reservationposter: expo tintin, musee marine 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.

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.

Picasso Erotique - features about 40 paintings and 250 drawings and engravings treating one subject - one of Picasso's favorites - from 1900 up until the '60's. Metropole readers are not too happy with this show, for different reasons. 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. Until 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.

Arts Asiatiques - after either six years, two years or 3.5 years of work - depending on the source - 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 daily, 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.

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.

Persian Gardens - or, 'Jardins Persans et Moghols,' is a major exhibition in one of Paris' fancier gardens, the Parc de Bagatelle. This exhibition continues until Sunday, 1. July and 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 deposter: glazart soriees avril Paris in the Hôtel d'Albret, Salle Jean Musy, 31. Rue des Francs Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. No entry charge.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Oranerie, in the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin-Vert. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 58 58.


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