The Year of the Horse

photo: park, musee rodin, hotel de biron

The park of the Musée Rodin in winter.

200 Years of Victor Hugo

Paris:- Saturday, 26. January 2002:- It is supposed to be a week 'between' new event announcements, so a ton of them have arrived at the last minute. Far from all of them are included - see the coming issues, to take you right up to June.

Victor Hugo's bicentennial is noted below - but not all of this year's 18 programmed events surrounding this occasion have been added yet.



Risky Business - is the life for photo reporters, especially when the agencies they work for are taken over by Bill Gates' 'Corbis' unit. The agencies were Sygma, Kipa and Tempsport, and 42 photographers got the sack. Selected photo prints are on view and for sale, in very limited series, until Saturday, 16. February. At the Galerie Victor Sfez, 47. Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Michel. InfoTel.: 01 40 46 94 95.

Frissons - features all of your favorite horror movies, all of them! With multipleposter: thtr bouffes du nord, peter brook versions of Frankenstein and Dracula. On now, until Sunday, 10. March. At the Forum des Images-Vidéothèque at the Forum des Halles, Porte Saint-Eustache. Paris 1. InfoTel.: 01 44 76 63 00.

Jean Cocteau - see his 'Arlequin Masque' and other works in the Galeria Arcade Colette, until Sunday, 10. February. In the garden of the Palais-Royal, 155. Galerie de Valois and 17. Rue de Valois, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 42 86 05 38. Cocteau can also be seen, below, at the Musée du Montparnasse.

Architectures de l'Image - are photos by Lucien Hervé of Le Corbusier's buildings, which set new standards for the art. Until Sunday, 17. March. Except Monday, daily from 10:00 to 18:30. At the Patrimoine Photographique, Hôtel de Sully, 62. Rue Saint Antoine, Paris 4. Métro: Bastille or Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 74 47 75.

Eté 1851 - consists of rare photos done by Baldus, Bayard, Le Secq, Le Gray and Mestral - of monuments before their restoration. Until Sunday, 7. April. 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 00.

The Best of FIPA - is a selection of this year's best audiovisual productions that were in competition at Biarritz. From Tuesday, 29. January until Tuesday, 5. February. At the Forum des Images, Porte Sainte-Eustache, Forum des Halles, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 44 76 62 00.

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.

Drawing & Watercolor Salon - this is billed as a 'major event,' but I have no other details. 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.

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.

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. 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.

Queen 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. Until Friday, 1. February. At the Hôtel Ambassador, 16. Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. InfoTel.: 01 44 83 40 40.

Thomas Eakins - an 'American realist,' will be featured in a major show from Friday, 8. February until Sunday, 12. May. Daily 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.

Year of the Horse - is the name given to the coming Chinese New Year, on Tuesday, 12. February. This year there will be two celecbrations - one on Tuesday and the other on Sunday, 17. February, for the parade which will be in the 13th arrondissement, beginning at 13:30. Métro: Tobliac or Maison-Blanche. InfoTel.: 01 45 20 74 09.

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 theposter: nuit celtiqye, 15 march, interceltique 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 Vincennesbrochure: voyage au coeur de l'eau 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, on 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. Watch for more Victor Hugo events to appear in this column.

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. Continuing 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.

Palais de Tokyo - this has been reopened as a 'Centre of Art,' facing the existing Paris' Museum of Modern Art. This is supposed to be an active 'happening,' where contemporary paint may still be wet and other arty things will be going on before your very eyes. Five differentposter: thtr, meme heure l'annee prochain themes are currently featured. Closed Mondays. At the Palais de Tokyo, 11-13. Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 54 01. Le Plateau is another new location for this type of exhibition, but maybe a bit more techno. At 32. Rue des Alouettes, Paris 19. Métro: Botzaris or Buttes-Chaumont.

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. 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. 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.

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.' 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.

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 - alongthe Rue de Médicis and Rue de Vaugirard. This show continues until Thursday, 28. February. Paris 6. Métro: RER 'B' at Luxembourg.


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