Two 'Scenes' for the Price of One

photo: north arm, pont neuf, friday

The Pont Neuf, as seen from the traffic-free Pont des Arts.

The 'Regular' Program

Paris:- Saturday, 8. December 2001:- The seasonal events that were on this page last week have been transferred to a companion page this week. Some 'regular' events that were found here have been moved to the other page too, because these may suit the season better than what remains here.

'What remains here' is merely a small selection of Paris' current offerings. There are a great number of musical, song and dance events that are not listed, simply because of their sheer volume - and many of them are one-night stands.

Find the 'Year of the Circus' plus Christmas and New Years events on this week's companion 'Scene' page.



Utopic Parks - At the turn of the last century Paris found itself behind other major cities in the 'park-race,' and this called for all sorts of plans - many of which remained 'plans.' In the last 20 years 150 new gardens have been created, bringing the total of green flecks to 420. For the phantom ones, see this exhibition until Sunday, 24. February 2002, at the Maison du Lac in the Parc de Bercy, Paris 12. Métro: Bercy or Cour St-Emilion. InfoTel.: 01 43 25 30 30.

Africolor - is a festival of African music and dance being held in various locations in Montreuil, Saint-Denis and other areas beyond Paris' northern rim. Beginning on Friday, 14. Decemberposter: expo, mikio naruse, cent cult japon and continuing until Christmas Day. For details, try the Africolor Web site, or their office at 145. Rue de Ménilmontant, Paris 20. InfoTel.: 01 47 97 69 99.

La Magie de Magritte - featuring 12 of Magritte's works, designed to be educational, with puzzling games for young kids, to show off the life and work of the painter. For kids 4 and up. Until Sunday, 31. March. Daily from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Saturdays from 14:00 to 18:00. Closed Christmas and New Years days. At the Musée en Herbe, in the Jardin d'Acclimatation just inside the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Sablons. InfoTel.: 01 40 67 97 66.

Paquebot de Rêves - is an exhibition about luxury liners. The kinds that crossed the Atlantic and all of the world's high seas, carrying mail in high style. Continuing until Saturday, 23. March. Open from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée de la Poste, 34. Boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 42 79 24 24.

Patrimoine Disparu - from the time of Clovis until the end of the industrial revolution all sorts of important monuments - châteaux and jardins - have been disappearing. It's a wonder that there is anything left to look at. Madame de Pompadour's Bellevue at Meudon may be long gone, but a wisp of drawings remain. On view until Sunday, 16. December. Closed on Tuesdays. At the Trianon de Bagatelle, Parc de Bagatelle, Route de Neuilly, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. Park entry: 10 francs. InfoTel.: 01 45 01 20 10.

"Moi Zénobie, Reine de Palmyre" - the cultural centre of the Panthéon has arranged this exhibition to tell us about the reign of Zénobie in the third century in Egypt. Until Sunday, 16. December, from Monday to Saturday, from 10:45 to 17:45. On Sundays and holidays from 14:00 to 18:40. Mairie of the 5th, 21. Place du Panthéon, Paris 5. Métro: RER Luxembourg. InfoTel.: 01 55 43 10 50.

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, including Jean Cocteau's 'Antigone,' until Friday, 21. December. InfoTel.: 01 53 45 17 00. Also see the Festival d'Automne's Web site.

Tango Pasion - by 'A Los Amigos,' features choregraphy by Hector Zaraspe with El Sexteto Mayor and Guillermo Galvé as the featured singer. On Wednesday, 19. December, then from Friday, 21. December until Sunday, 6. January. No shows on 25 December and 1. January. At the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 15. Avenue Montaigne, Paris 8. Métro: Franklin D. Roosevelt. InfoTel.: 01 49 52 50 50.

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.

Sous le Soleil de Mithra - is an exhibition of religious subjects inspired by antiquity and done by Picasso - most likely also concerning some heads of bulls. Continuing until Monday, 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.

Au Temps de Marcel Proust - an exhibition presenting more than 200 pieces fromposter: cirque bouglione, trapeze 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, Henri Somm and Abel Truchet. Marcel Proust was featured in Metropole earlier this year. Until Sunday, 20. January. 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. InfoTel.: 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. From Friday, 7. December until Sunday, 10. February 2002, from 13:00 to 19:00, at the Fondation Taylor, 1. Rue La Bruyère, Paris 9. Métro: Saint-Georges. Free entry.

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 for the first time in France, Klinger's 26-metre long 'Brahmsphantasie.' Both artists on show until Sunday,13. January. 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, featuring painting, sculpture, architecture, photography - and Surrealism, of course. Lots of big names. Until Monday, 14. January. 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. 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 Sunday, 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.

Rouge et Or - or, the 'Trésors du Portugal Baroque,' is a major exhibition continuing until Monday, 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, ofposter: expo, louvre, peinture comme crime the 'Wandering Jew.' This continues until Sunday, 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 this 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.

Jean-Baptiste Farkas - puts on a sort of evolving do-it-yourself show with ordinary objects turned to unordinary purposes. This starts on Friday, 7. December and continues until Sunday, 27. January, from Monday to Saturday, from 13:00 to 19:00. In the Espace d'Art Contemporain, 55. Rue du Montparnasse, Paris 14. Métro: Montparnasse or Edgar Quinet. No entry charge.

Nostalgies Coréennes - features 100 paintings and 27 screens from the 17th to 19th centuries, all from the harmonious collection of Lee U-Fan. Until Monday, 14. January, from 10;00 to 18:00, except on closed Tuesdays. Musée National des Guimet, 19. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 53 00.

Dans la Lumière du Nord - is a retrospective of Bengt Olson's works, with about 60 pieces on show. Many feature northern nature scenes, in their frozen state. This continues until Monday, 14. January, when it may still be winter here. Except Tuesdays, from 11:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Musée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, 59-61. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Rue du Bac. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 59 58.

Mali-Kow - is an exhibition where you can discover the various realities of Mali, though objects and films from this African country. Until Sunday, 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.

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. Until Monday, 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.

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 war landedposter: cirque pinder 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. 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.

August Strindberg - has been subtitled 'Painter and Photograher' for this exhibition which continues until Sunday, 27. January. Daily from 10:00 to 18:00, and to 22:00 on Thursdays, but closed on Mondays. The temporary entry to this museum is on the Quai Anatole France. 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.


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