Paris Tangos Again

photo: sunday art market, bd ed quinet

The Sunday art market in the Boulevard Edgar Quinet.

On May's Bridges

Paris:- Saturday, 21. April 2001:- The 'Bridges of May' - these are three four-day long-weekends during May. The first is next weekend, on account of Tuesday, 1. May - which is international no-labor day. The following workless jamboree is based on Tuesday, 8. May - which is to remind us that WWI and WWII were in the last, unlamented, century. The third long-weekend begins on Thursday, 24. May, which is also a holiday, named 'Ascension.'

Between traditional weekly museum closing days of Monday or Tuesday, plus recurrent strikes, I do not have any firm information concerning museums that may be exceptionally open on the holidays of 1. and 8. May.



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. Prolonged until Sunday, 27. May; 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.

Foire de Paris - Paris' really big home show features the latest microwaves and the 'inventors' show their latest magic oyster openers, plus the usual regional food stands show up for hungry Parisians. From Friday, 27. April until Tuesday, 8. May. At Paris Expo. Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 09 60 00.

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.

Les Bronzes d'Ousmane Sow - this African artist last took over the Pont des Arts and was 'held-over' for a long time. Now Ousmane Sow returns with his first bronzes, to be on show from Thursday, 26. April until Saturday, 30. June. Also see his 'Le Soleil en Face' on the Web site, on Thursday, 26. April, beginning at 19:00 Paris time. Exhibition hours unknown, but free entry at the Musée Dapper, 35. Rue Paul-Valéry, Paris 16. Métro: Victor Hugo. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 01 50.

Sandorfi, Paintings - are featured in an exhibition, beginning on Friday 27. April and continuing until Tuesday, 29. May; from Tuesday to Saturday; from 10:00 to 19:00 and on Monday from 14:00 to 19:00. At the Galerie de l'Europe, 55. Rue de Seine, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon or Mabillon.

In parallel, as a prelude to Hungary's Cultural Year, there will be a retrospective of Sandorfi's worksposter: 2nd fete jazz, foire de paris from 1975 to 1990, to be shown at the Institut Hongrois, 92. Rue Bonaparte, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Germain. InfoTel.: 01 43 26 06 44.

May Day! - is usually marked by one or more public parades in Paris, usually beginning at the Place de la République about 14:00. This year many workers are agitated about the sometimes tardy introduction of the 35-hour work week, plus recent mass layoffs as well as 'globalization.' People have already been marching - Tuesday, 1. May is called the 'Fête du Travail.' No entry charge. Métro: Temple. There will also be a concert at the Madeleine at 15:30, in memory of the people deported from France during WWII.

Tuesday, 8. May - is officially known as 'Victoire 1945,' At 11:30 there will be a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, with the Président of the République, Jacques Chirac presiding. Métro: Argentine, George V or Ternes. This will be followed by another concert at the Madeleine, also at 15:30. Paris 8. Métro: Concorde or Madeleine

Les Gemmes de Louis XIV - 'gemmes' means a special kind of vase, made of hard stone - rare stone, this is. This exhibition reunites Louis XIV's collection, which includes rare pieces from antiquity up to the 17th century. Until Tuesday, 23. July; from 9:00 to 18:00 and until 21:45 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. Musée du Louvre, Pyramide entry, Cour Napoléon, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 51 51.

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.

Paris Jazz Festival - is merely 22 free concerts, featuring names - Lisa Ekdahl, Salif Keita, Russell Malone, Didier Lockwood, Tania Maria, Buena Vista Social Club, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck - to name but a few. From Saturday, 19. May until Tuesday, 29. May. Concerts on weekends at 16:30. At the Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, in the Bois de Vincennes. Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 01 55 94 20 20.

Strebelle à Paris - from the Opéra and along the Rue de la Paix, and filling the Place Vendôme, find the monumental - really huge! - sculptures of Olivier Strebelle, beginning on Tuesday, 15 May and on show until Friday, 15. July. Paris 1 and 2. Métro: Opéra or Madeleine. Free entry of course - open non-stop.

La Mode et l'Enfant - 'mode' did exist for kids, for at least three centuries before our own, and it is on display, including costumes for royal kids. From Wednesday, 16. May until 18. November; from 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays. At the Musée de la Mode - Galleria, 10. Avenue Pierre-1st-de-Serbie, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 88 00.

Watches & Sport - probably on account of Paris' candidacy for hosting the summer Olympics in 2008, timekeeping becomes important. This expo features 20 manufacturers' latest luxo timepieces, from Friday, 18. May until Sunday, 20. May. In the Hotel Dassault, 7. Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8. Métro: Franklin Roosevelt. InfoTel.: 01 53 76 10 13.

Buenos Aires Tango I - begins a month of tango in Paris with a condensed version of the festival held in Argentina in early March. From Friday, 4. May to Sunday, 6. May, featuringposter: the, becket, en attendant godot many Argentinean tango stars. At the Cité de la Musique, 221. Avenue Jean-Jaurés, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 44 84 45 45 & ResaTel.: 01 44 84 44 84.

Buenos Aires Tango II - after the opening steps above, the festival gets into the swing of things with six complete programs, beginning on Tuesday, 9. May and continuing until Sunday, 27. May. Various times, all at the Théâtre National du Chaillot, 1. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 30 00 & ResaTel.: 01 53 65 30 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 - Mandy Knight and Sue Holloway come to 'shake their elegantly refined booties' for three one-nighters on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 29, 30. April and 1. May; 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.

Dessins Romantiques Français - rarely seen works from private collections. From Thursday, 3. May until 15. July; from 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays. At the Musée de la Vie Romantique - Hôtel Scheffer-Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Saint-Georges or Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

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.

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. 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.

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. Untilposter: expo, gargallo, monnaie de paris 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.

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. 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.

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.

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. Some Metropole readers are not too happy with this show, for different reasons. Also see Picasso and the Théâtre 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.

OEdipe Roi - is an exhibition of Picasso's work done for the theatre, in collaboration with Pierre Blanchar, featuring designs, model scenes, photos and sounds. Until Monday, 4. June; from 9:30 to 18:00 except on Mondays. At the Musée Picasso, 5. Rue de Thorigny, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. Info. Tel.: 01 42 71 25 21.

Rodin En 1900 - this exhibition recreates as nearly as possible one shown 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 next 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.

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.

Jouer la Lumière! - features threads, textiles, lace - all of which changes with light and one's viewpoint. Except Mondays, from 11:00 to 18:00; on Wednesdays until 21:00. Until 31. December. At the Musée de la Mode, 107. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

Niele Toroni - histories of painting, on paper and canvas, wood and newspapers. Except Mondays, daily from 10:00 to 17:30. Untilposter: annee catalane a paris 16. September; at the Musée d'Art Moderne, 11. Avenue du Président-Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01

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. Until Saturday, 26. May; at the Bibliothèque Forney - and continuing from Wednesday, 6. June to Friday, 6. July at the Mairie of the 6th. Rue Bonapartre, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Suplice.

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! 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.

Echos du Paradis - 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. Métro: Rambuteau. 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.

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 carryon 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.


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