Paris' Big Wheel

photo: foto expo, vulcans, grille luxembourg

Another free outdoor show - 'Les Volcans et des
Hommes' at Luxembourg.

Is a 'Last Chance' In the Past

Paris:- Saturday, 19. January 2002:- Gradually last season's events and exhibitions glide to their ends while the new season's attractions begin to appear in this week's calendar.

February seems to be the month when the major part of this transition takes place. But remember that most of the locations listed below also have permanent collections, worth viewing all year long.



Figures du Carneval - 'au Temps de Balzac' is an exhibition on 110 designs and engravings by Gavarni of the carnival in Paris at the time of Balzac. Beaucoup des drôleries. From Wednesday, 23. January until Sunday, 21. April. Except on Monday, from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Métro: Passy or La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 55 74 41 90.

Palais de Tokyo - this has been reopened as a 'Centre of Art,' facing the existing Paris' Museum of Modern Art. Its doors opened on Friday, 18. January and is supposed to be an active 'happening,' where the paint may still be wet and other arty things willposter: parcs jardins, dan l'urbanism be going on. Closed Mondays, but open from 12:00 to midnight. At the Palais de Tokyo, 11. Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 54 01.

Des Volcans et des Hommes - is an exhibition resulting from 10 years of inspecting volcanos around the world. Philippe Bourseiller was accompanied by Jacques Durie for this modest task, and the result is 100 large photos with detailed captions, hanging from the Senat's Luxembourg garden fence - along the Rue de Médicis and Rue de Vaugirard. This show continues until Thursday, 28. February. Paris 6. Métro: RER 'B' at Luxembourg.

Drawing & Watercolor Salon - this is billed as a 'major event,' but I have no other details. From Thursday, 24. January until Monday, 4. February. Hours are from 11:00 to 19:00. At the Espace d'Auteuil, 1. Place de la Porte d'Auteuil, Paris 16. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil. InfoTel.: 01 46 72 37 08.

Madame Carven - is presented here showing 50 years of creative clothing, from 'afternoon' dresses to suits for air hostesses. The exhibition features designer clothing, sketches and photos from private collections and institutions such as the Musée du Parfum de Grasse. From Friday, 25. January until Sunday, 26. May. Daily except Monday; from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Galliera, 10. Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 86 00.

Troc at Troc - only means the 'Salon des Antiquaires' in the Trocadéro gardens for 10 days, until Monday, 28. January. Daily from 11:00 to 21:00. Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 44 88 52 60.

Expired Last Chance of the Week

Paris' Big Wheel - has been legally evicted from its prestige location at the Place de la Concorde, and its operator has finally agreed to dismantle the popular attraction. The last twirl, with Champagne, is scheduled for Sunday night. There is a slight possibility that 'Paris' Big Wheel' will reappear somewhere else in the city, so this 'last chance' is not definitive. Not yet.

Close-Up du Génie - features Eddy Novarro's photographs of France's most famous artists, taken since the '50s. The prints on show are a large selection from 80 published in the book, 'Close-Up du Génie.' This exhibition continues until Friday, 25. January. From Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 19:00, at the Espace Paul Ricard, Galerie Royale 2, 9. Rue Royale, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde or Madeleine. InfoTel.: 01 53 30 88 00.

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 Sunday, 27. January. Free entry, at the Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice or Odéon. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 25 95.

Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione - says 'Trapèze' - with a look back at the film, some of which was shot at the Cirque d'Hiver. Continuing until 27. January. At 20:30 from Tuesday to Friday and 14:00 and 17:00 on Wednesday and Saturday, with 14:00 and 20:30 for Sundays. No shows on Monday and Thursday, except during school holidays when the show must go on. At the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, 110. Rue Amelot, Paris 11. Métro: Filles-du-Calvaire. InfoTel.: 01 47 00 28 81.

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. 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.

August Strindberg - has been subtitled 'Painter and Photographer' 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. 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.

L'Atelier de Gilbert Boyer - is an installation based on a text by Zadkine and a voyage to Canada - Gilbert Boyer from Quebec explores the ties between public and private spaces. Until Sunday, 27. January. From Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Musée Zadkine, 100-bis. Rue d'Assas, Paris 6. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs or Vavin. InfoTel.: 01 43 26 91 90.

Expolangues - features everything you wanted to know about learning languages, with Ireland as the 'country of honor' this year. From Wednesday, 30. January until Sunday, 3. February, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Grand Hall, Parc de Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurés, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 48 07 41 41.

Thomas Eakins - an 'American realist,' will be featured in a major show from Friday, 8. February until Sunday, 12. May. Dailyposter: semi marathon, paris from 10:00 to 18:00, and until 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.

Rétromobile - starting on Friday, 8. February everybody will be going out to the Porte de Versailles to get 'rétro' again, in the wheel sense - which will include as usual motorcycles and boats, all museum pieces - some of which are for sale. Try to get yours before the final day on Sunday, 17. February. Hours are usually from 11:00 to 19:00, but start earlier on Saturday and Sunday, and go later on Tuesday and Friday. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 48 44 30 30.

International Poster Salon - also includes 'Arts de la Rue,' which could mean anything. On view from Saturday, 16. February until Thursday, 28. February. Organized by UNESCO, 7. Place Fontenoy, Paris 7. Métro: Cambronne. InfoTel.: 01 42 65 08 88.

'Vieux Papiers' - info is skimpy for this big event, other than the mention that this year's theme is 'the cat.' 'Old papers' means collectible ones. Dates are Thursday, 21. February until Sunday, 3 March, and hours are generally from 11:00 to 19:00. Not at Paris-Expo, but at the Espace Champerret, 6. Rue Jean-Oestreicher, Paris 17. Métro: Porte de Champerret. InfoTel.: 01 56 53 93 93.

Salon de l'Agriculture - which is known by all Metropole readers as the 'Paris Beautiful Cow Show.' It returns for another run this year, from Friday, 23. February until Sunday, 3. March. Daily hours are mostly from 9:00 to 19:00, except on Friday, 1. March when the barn stays open until 22:00. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 93 89.

La Révolution Surréaliste - will be a major exhibition dealing with, possibly, the 'exile' of the Surrealists during WWII. Starting Wednesday, 27. February and continuing until Monday, 24. June. From 11:00 to 21: daily except on Tuesdays. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Afghanistan, Mémoire Blessée - an exhibition possibly planned before the tragic events last September. Scheduled to start on Thursday, 28. February and continue until Monday, 27. May. Hours are 10:00 to 18:00, except closed on Tuesdays. Musée National des Guimet - Le Panthéon Bouddhique, 19. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 53 00.

Chasseriau, 1819 - 1856 - will be featured and billed as a 'major event,' beginning on Thursday, 28. February, continuing until Monday, 27. May. Open 10:00 to 19:15 and until 21:15 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. Reservations (often) 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.

6th Festival de l'Imaginaire - features traditional music and song from countries as wide apart as Egypt, Korea and Brazil in this festival lasting from Tuesday, 5. March until Sunday, 7. April. All of it at the Maison des Cultures du Monde, 101. Boulevard Raspail, Paris 6. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs. InfoTel.: 01 45 44 72 30.

The Salon du Livre - features the entire 'touch' of the French publishing world, which is considerable. Italy, another big publishing country, is this year's 'country of honor.' See Metropole's past issues to get an idea about this salon. This year's edition is from Friday, 22. March until Wednesday, 27. March. In Hall 1 at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Semi-Marathon de Paris -is the 10th edition of this little 21 kilometre stroll through Paris' 13th and 12th arrondissements and the Bois de Vincennes is scheduled for Sunday, 10. March. The lower sign-up fee deadline is 24. February. A higher fee will be charged after this date, up to Saturday, 9. March. Signing-up is not possible by fax. The sign-up fee is payable in euros. InfoTel.: (33) 1 41 33 15 68.

International Marathon de Paris - is the 26th edition and it takes place in Paris about a month later, onposter: visiteurs, thtr l'etoile du nord Sunday, 7. April. This 'big one,' of 42.195 kilometres - has room for 30,000 runners. It 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. The sign-up deadline is 17. March. InfoTel.: (33) 1 41 33 15 68.

'Voir des Etoiles' With Victor Hugo - for the bicentennial the focus is on Victor Hugo's theatre efforts, in cooperation with the Comédie Française and the Bibliothèque Nationale. With 200 years to look back on, Hugo's works stand the test of modernism. Beginning on Thursday, 11. April and continuing until Sunday, 28. July. From Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Maison de Victor Hugo, 6. Place des Vosges, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 10 16.

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.' 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.

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.

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, of 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'Orient de Saladin - or 'Au Temps des Ayyoubides,' is an exhibition about the life and times of the Crusades, which are mostly 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.

Pirates! - where else but in the Marine museum? Illustrated, cartooned and filmed, the 'myth' of pirates belongs to the sea and is ably presented here, assembled from various collections. Continuing until Monday, 13. May, from 10:00 to 18:00, except Tuesdays and 1. May. Also see another exhibition, 'L'America's Cup,' until Monday, 13. May. At the Musée de la Marine, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 69 69.

'L'Ile de la Cité au XIXe Siècle' - features photos taken from 1858 to 1877, by Charles Marville, of the excavation work done in the 19th century for the Crypte Archéologique under the parvis of Notre Dame. This workposter: marathon, paris was begun under the direction of Baron Haussmann. The expo continues until Sunday, 14. April. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Crypte Archéologique, 1. Place du Parvis de Notre-Dame, on th Ile de la Cité. Métro: Cité or Saint-Michel. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 83 51. Entry: 3.35euro 3 sign. The Crypte Archéologique is under the direction of the Musée Carnavalet, in association with the Commission du Vieux Paris.


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