Two Big Exhibitions

photo: ponies, kids, luxembourg

Ponies and kids, turning leaves and shade - for this season
in the Luxembourg garden.

For 19th Century Fans

Paris:- Saturday, 27. October 2001:- After letting this column doze for a week, it gets a big jolt of new items this week, without losing too many events due to them being expired. It looks like a 'full house.'

I'm not sure if the two exhibitions noted below - 'Au Temps de Marcel Proust' and 'La Nouvelle Athènes' - are meant to be complementary, but between the two of them, they represent nearly adjacent periods of the 19th century in Paris. If you have time for both, take in 'Nouvelle Athènes' first and 'Marcel Proust' second if you want to do them 'in order.'

This is also the 'Year of the Circus' in Paris. As near as I can make out, no less than eight or nine will be performing from November to about the end of December, and another three start in December and continue into January, with more starting in January and continuing into February. Don't miss seeing one of them.



Au Temps de Marcel Proust - an exhibition presenting more than 200 pieces from the François-Gérard Seligmann collection, mostly from the Musée Carnavalet's own collection. Focused on the Belle Epoque, with paintings of Paris of the period, with portraits of the real people Proust used as models in his prose. Paintings by Jean Béraud, Henriposter: expo, proust, musee carnavalet Somm and Abel Truchet. Marcel Proust was featured in Metropole earlier this year. From Wednesday, 24. October until 20. January 2002. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Musée Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin Vert. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 21 13.

La Nouvelle Athènes - many think the Second Empire period of the 19th century represented the 'Belle Epoque' but forget the preceding intimate and literary period that associated Balzac, Dumas, Baudelaire, Chopin and Georges Sand, with the 'July Monarchy,' all within a small area in the 9th arrondissement's 'Nouvelle Athènes.' Paintings, sculpture and photographs from the period are on view. Until Sunday, 2. December, from 12:00 to 18:00, at the Mairie of the 9th, 6. Rue Drouot, Paris 9. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. From Friday, 7. December until 10. February 2002, from 13:00 to 19:00, at the Fondation Taylor, 1. Rue La Bruyère, Paris 9. Métro: Saint-Georges. Free entry at both locations.

Paris, Like In the Movies - For the first time, Paris' architectural museum turns into a cinema to show some 'home movies,' such as the one shot by Louis Etevez in 1924. Until Sunday, 6. January 2002. At the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Boulevard Morland, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 33 97.

Jenny Holzer - the projections, supposed to be first, are now last - from Wednesday, 31. October until Sunday. Wednesday, Place Vendôme. Thursday, at the Louvre's Pyramid. Friday, also at the Louvre's colonnades. Saturday, at the Saint-Eustache church and the Pont Neuf. Sunday at the Panthéon. All projections begin at 18:30 and last four hours. The exhibition continues until Sunday, 4. November, in the Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salpêtrière, 47. Boulevard de l'Hôpital, Paris 13. Métro: Saint-Marcel. Free entry. This is all within the Festival d'Automne program. Details at 156. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli. InfoTel.: 01 53 45 17 00.

International Cinema - holds a meeting or festival from Wednesday, 31. October until Sunday, 11. November. Check on times for screenings from Tuesday to Sunday, which are usually from 12:00 to 21:00. At the Forum des Images-Vidéothèque at the Forum des Halles, Porte Saint-Eustache. Paris 1. InfoTel.: 01 44 76 62 00.

Carrousel du Louvre - hosts the treat of the Salon Européen du Chocolat, from Wednesday, 31. October to Sunday, 4. November. The following weekend sees the Salon du Patrimonie Culturel take its place with an emphasis on military objects. From Saturday, 8. November to Sunday, 11. November. The Salon Paris Photo follows, from Thursday, 15. November to Sunday, 18. November. Generally, hours are from 10:00 to 20:00 daily. At the Carrousel du Louvre, 99. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais Royal-Louvre.

Jouets de Princes - includes the period of 1770 to 1870, when toys for royal kids formed part of their education for their future royal jobs rather than for sheer fun. Many French parents think the same today - growing up is a 'serious' business, royal or not. Until Monday, 28. January 2002. Except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 17:00. At the Musée des Châteaux de Malmaison et de Bois-Préau, Avenue du Château, in Malmaison. Take either the métro or the RER to La Défense, then the bus 258 to the Bois-Préau or the château. InfoTel.: 01 41 29 05 55.

Héros Populaires - since sometime before the Middle Ages Europe has had more than its share of heros, both real and fictional - including anti-heros. This exhibition's poster features Cuba's Ché, and you can expect Cinderella too. Until 10. June 2002. Daily from 9:45 to 17:00, except Tuesdays. At the Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires, 6. Avenue Mahatma Gandhi, Paris 16. Métro: Sablons, in Neuilly. InfoTel.: 01 44 17 60 00.

Lam Métis - Wifedo Lam was born in Cuba in 1902, with roots in Africa and China. He moved to Spain and painted there until his involvement with the civil warposter: musee dapper, expo lam metis landed him in a sanatorium near Barcelona, which led to his arrival in Paris in 1938, where he met Picasso for the first time. With WWII he moved with other French artists to Cuba, then to New York. Afterwards he returned to Paris and finally settled in Italy. In one period in the '70s he produced 500 artworks. For this exhibition, see a selection from Wifedo Lam's paintings done between 1938 and 1961. Until Sunday, 20. January 2002. Daily from 11:00 to 19:00. At the Musée Dapper, 35. Rue Paul Valéry, Paris 16. Métro: Etoile, Victor Hugo or Kléber. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 01 50.

Artisanat Parisien - on view and on sale - art, decoration, jewelry, fashion accessories, all hand-made, all for one week from Wednesday, 31. October until Sunday, 4. November. The 'Semaine de l'Artisanat Parisien,' at the Espace des Blancs-Manteaux, 48. Rue Veille-du-Temple, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville.

Escales Transcanadiennes - is a photo exhibition with the works of eight Canadian artists. This exhibition is a co-production with the Centre Culturel Canadien and the Alliance Française in Canada. On view until Friday, 16. November, from 6:00 to 18:30, from Monday to Friday. At the Alliance Française, 101. Boulevard Raspail, Paris 6. Métro: Notre- Dame-des-Champs. InfoTel.: 01 42 84 90 00.

Investigating Shivers - an exhibition showing how closely crime investigation and crime literature were involved, according to Dr. Watson. Until Wednesday, 26. December, 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.

30th Festival d'Automne à Paris - a long and important program of opera, theatre and dance is included within this festival, which is dedicated to Merce Cunningham. All of the rest, until Friday, 21. December, when winter starts. InfoTel.: 01 53 45 17 00. Also see the Festival d'Automne's Web site.

Crossing Through Life - for the second consecutive year, Noël Pasquier and his mainly blue paintings turn up on view at the General Consulate of France, in Manhattan. Until Wednesday, 31. October, from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 13:00.At the Consulat Général de France, 934. Fifth Avenue, New York City. Métro: MTA line 6, at 77th Street.

17th Festival Paris 13 - from Monday, 15. October until Wednesday, 31. October. Info from 8. Rue des Cinq Diamants, Paris 13. InfoTel.: 01 45 80 18 62.

Un Art Populaire - is an exhibition presenting some strange, some wonderful, 'popular' art with 150 works by 50 artists from all continents. Until Sunday, 4. November; from 12:00 to 20:00 daily except Mondays. At the Fondation Cartier Pour l'Art Contemporain, 261. Boulevard Raspail, Paris 14. Métro: Raspail or Denfert-Rochereau. InfoTel.: 01 42 18 56 50.

Mali-Kow - is an exhibition where you can discover the various realities of Mali, though objects and films from this African country. Beginning on Wednesday, 7. November and continuing until 24. February 2002. From Wednesday to Sunday, from 14:00 to 19:00, in the Pavillon Paul Delouvrier. At the Parc et Grand Halle de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 08 03 30 63 06.

Jean Cocteau - 'A Montparnasse, ailleurs et aprés.' Presented by Roger Pic and Pierre Bergé. Beginning on Wednesday, 7. November and continuingposter: expo, jean cocteau, musee montparnasse until 3. February 2002. Open from Wednesday to Sunday; from 13:00 to 19:00. Worth a visit just to see this museum belonging to the past. At Le Chemin du Montparnasse, 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

Etienne Falconet à Sèvres - is subtitled ' the art to please.' Etienne Falconet was the head of the 'Manufacture' at Sèvres in the period from 1756 to 1766, when everybody in Europe was asking for his pieces - and about 120 of them will be on show. Also see the works by Robert Deblander, done within the last 50 years. From Thursday, 8. November until 4. February 2002. Except Tuesday, open from 10:00 to 17:00. Musée de Céramique, Sèvres, Place de la Manufacture, in Sèvres across the bridge from the métro stop, Pont de Sèvres. InfoTel.: 01 41 14 04 20.

'Revue' - Frédéric Lecomte - from this 'multimedia' artist, the reverse image of chaos, with a deviant order superposed on disorder. Whatever it is, it is not supposed to be boring. This exhibition begins Thursday, 8. November and continues until 30. November. From Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 19:00, at the Espace Paul Ricard, 9. Rue Royale, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde or Madeleine.

Malraux et la Modernité - for the centennial of his birth, André Malraux is honored for his half-century or artistic endeavors and as a 'visionary of culture.' From Monday, 12. November until 31. March 2002. At the Musée de la Vie Romantique - Hôtel Scheffer Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Saint-Georges, Blanche or Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Queens for a Day... - features the collection of Michelle Muller's 'fèves' - haricots? - beans?? - dishes, games, Parisian monuments, comics, animals - and crowns! - all very decorative, and wih old documents. I can't figure this out. From Wednesday, 14. November until 1. February 2002. At the Hôtel Ambassador, 16. Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. InfoTel.: 01 44 83 40 40.

Sous le Soleil de Mithra - may be an exhibition of sculptures inspired or done by Picasso - most likely concerning heads of bulls - beginning on Wednesday, 28. November and continuing until 4. March 2002. From 9:30 to 17:30, except on Tuesdays. At the Musée Picasso, 5. Rue de Thorigny, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 71 25 21.

Histoires de Calendriers - is also known as 'De Temps en Temps' and it is an exhibition of the idea of changing time rather than the mechanics of keeping track of it. 200 pieces will be on display, from 2000 years. Staring on Monday, 12 November and continuing until 8. February 2002. Except Tuesdays, open from 12:00 to 18:00. At the Musée de l'Histoire de France, Hôtel de Rohan, 60. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 60 96.

Photographs - by Don MacCullin, from Wednesday, 21. November until February 2002. Also see the exhibits by Marie-Laure Decker and Jorge Molder, beginning on the same date and continuing until 20. January. At the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7. Rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Pont-Marie. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 75 26.

Christmas 2001 - seasonal sights start with the Galeries Lafayette's decorated windows, on Saturday, 10. November, almost with Halloween still warm. Then the Avenue Montaigne lights itself up on Thursday, 15. November, followed by the Rue Royal on Thursday, 29. November, or the Champs-Elysées which will be illuminated at November's end or early in December. Whichever, then it is the turn of the Place Vendôme.

Choirs for the season begin at the Eglise Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile on Saturday, 8. December, and the following Friday at the Eglise Saint-Roch. After mid-month, frequency increases, with a Sunday concert at the Théâtre du Châtelet. A Christmas Eve mass will be held in the chapel of Saint-Louis de l'Ecole Militaire. The Grand Choir of the Moussorgsky State Opera from Saint Petersbourg performs nightly from Tuesday, 25. December until Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at the Eglise Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile.

Early 2002 - See Carla Accardi's 'Urgent Painting' at Paris' Musée d'Art Moderne beginning on Monday, 2. January. 'Le Carnaval' shows up at the Maison de Balzac on Tuesday, 15. January. For fashion, see 'Madame Carven' at the Musée Galleria, beginning on Friday, 25. January.

Arnold Böcklin - is featured in an exhibition showing the influence of Italy on this 19th century Swiss painter, usually considered to be 'Germanic.' Also see 'Klinger/Brahms,' featuring the engraver Max Klinger. For the first time in France, see the 26-metre long 'Brahmsphantasie.' Both artists on show until Sunday,13. January 2002. Daily from 10:00 to 18:00, and to 22:00 on Thursdays, but closed on Mondays. At the Musée d'Orsay, 1. Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

Paris - Barcelona - is subtitled 'From Gaudi to Miro' and features the artistic interaction between the two cities from the 19th century to the middle of the 20th, featuringposter: expo, paris barcelone painting, sculpture, architecture, photography - and Surrealism, of course. Lots of big names. Until Monday, 14. January 2002. Except Tuesdays, open 10:00 to 19:15 and from 10:00 to 21:15 on Wednesdays. Reservations required for morning visits up to 13:00. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Cleamenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Raphaël - Grâce et Beauté - Casanova said nobody did human figures better and he knew what he was talking about. Raphaël Sanzio and 80 of his paintings will turn up in the Senat's little gallery located in a Medicis park, for an extended stay after Raphaël's 20-year absence from Paris. Continues until the end of January 2002. Free entry, at the Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice or Odéon. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 25 95.

Lumières Magyares - between 1870 and 1920 Hungarian painters left the 'academy' behind in their studios and began painting the light outside, which brought Hungarian painting to its highest level of 'Impressionism.' See these tendencies and Metropole's feature in this issue. Until Sunday, 13. January 2002. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 18:00. Free entry. In the Salle Saint-Jean in the Hôtel de Ville, 5. Rue Lobau, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 51 53.

L'Orient de Saladin - or 'Au Temps des Ayyoubides,' is an exhibition about the life and times of the Crusades, which are unrelated to our times. Continues until 10. March 2002. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1. Rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 38 38.

Kannibals et Vahinés - how we looked at the south seas, as seen through popular literature from the end of the 18th century until now. With comics, cinema, travel magazines - from Jules Verne to Tintin. On show until 18. February 2002. Daily from 10:00 to 17:30, except Tuesdays. At the Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumésnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 44 74 85 00..

Rouge et Or - or, the 'Trésors du Portugal Baroque,' is a major exhibition continuing until 25. February 2002. 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.

La Juif Errant - an exhibition around the legend, within other legends, of the 'Wandering Jew.' This continues until 24. February 2002. Except Saturdays, daily from 11:00 to 18:00, and Sundays, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, Hôtel Saint-Aignan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 86 53.

L'Or des Rois Scythes - this big exhibition will fill up the Grand Palais until Thursday, 31. December. Reservations required for morning visits until 13:00; come as you are afterwards. Closed Tuesdays. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Jean Dubuffet's - centennial means a major retrospective for this painter. On view until the end of the year. 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.

Le Plus Belles Robes du Cinéma - come from the collection of the Cinémathèque Française, and many have never been exhibited before. Illustrated with sketches, photos and film extracts. Some very big designer names are shown here. Until 24. February 2002. Except Mondays, open from 11:30 to 18:30. Pavillon des Arts, Porte Rambuteau, Terrace Lautr&eacue;amont, 101. Rue Rambuteau, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 42 33 82 50.


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