'KultTour' Arrives In Paris

photo: cafe le sorbon

For some, sun in the face on Saturday.

Unmentionable Weather

by Ric Erickson

Paris:- Monday, 26. August 2002:- Isabelle, France-2's TV-news weather lady - the only thin person besides the server-lady I can look at - is very apologetic about the weather to come. I don't think you ever see her if you watch 'Le Cinq,' which is France's export-TV. Paris' weather doesn't 'export.'

Anyway, on Isabelle's behalf, I too am very apologetic about the coming weather - I mean, between now and next Wednesday. Neither of us is speaking for mid-September or October, you understand.

The Paris part of France is not going to have really bad weather either, and Isabelle sort of glossed over this area, as kind of being of no consequence. But the rest of France is even on France-Météo 'chaos' list, which means the weather boffos have put out a serious warning.

Outside of Paris, even if, like gazillions of other happy holidayers returning from their month in the sun over the weekend, you do have to go outside because you have to return to school or work today - the warning says, 'don't!'

South of a curved line sloping downward from Dijon in the northeast to the Bordeaux area in the southwest,photo: cinema champo, marx bros, tati France Météo's warning says there will be 'doom' falling from the skies.

The only smallish safety 'bell' of fine weather is just above the eastern Pyrenees, near the Golf of Lion, with accompanying high frequencies of ultra-violet rays requiring a suntan lotion factor of 35-plus. Even so, if you are thinking of returning to Paris from the area of Montpellier, go south instead.

No 'beach,' but with cinema seats for three euros, the Marx Brothers are popular.

Yesterday's forecast high of 25 was not reached in Paris, so this means that today's predicted high of 21 might not be attained either. It might clear up and get a little warmer by Wednesday, but don't expect any heatwaves.

Despair not. Summer is not over until after the 'White Night' beginning on Saturday, 5. October. The mayor says so. Not over!

This Issue, Next Issue

Due to circumstances, not foreseen or otherwise, the editorial office of Metropole Paris is assured of an emergency new home, while its editor is not.

Some readers have remarked in the past that they don't understand how the editor manages to produce so much Metropole. The editor certainly doesn't know. This is 'ed's' roundabout way of saying there might be a bit less Metropole than usual for a couple of weeks.

This is a period of more turmoil than usual, already resulting in a smaller issue this week, with no feature article and no updated 'Scene' column. Two of these were stocked up for the last issue and should carry over for a while longer.

What is completely unclear is how - or where? - but mainly how the coming issue is to be produced. As of today, the worst-case scenario has the contents and equipment of the residence-office being split into three lots for three destinations. At the moment not one item has been packed because two of the destinations are unknown.

By next weekend the location problem(s) may be resolved. But even if it - or they are - there will be packing, moving, unpacking, setting up and plugging-in to do.

Stay tuned anyway. However it turns out, it is going to be a story that is not normal for Paris, and might even be a bit of an abnormal saga for Metropole.

Café Life

Repeat 'KultTour' To Paris

In 1952 Franz Joseph van der Grinten and three friends decided to get on their bicycles and ride them 647 kilometres from the lower Rhine to Paris, to acquire some 'grafiks' with whatever pocket money they had.

Thus, a collection containing prints by artists such as Goya, Maillol, Chagall, Picasso, Léger, Dufy and Henry Moore was begun. Today the works are housed at the Museum Schloss Moyland, which also hosts the world's largest collection of works by Joseph Beuys.

Fifty years after the first bike trip, Franz Joseph van der Grinten and 35 friends on bikes left Schloss Moyland on Thursday, 8. August, for a new 'KultTour' to Paris. They arrived at the Tour Eiffel last Monday.

The purpose of the two-week ride has been to recreate the original excursion, buy some more lithos of course, but also to be present for the opening of a small exhibition of photos and prints at thephoto: kulttour moyland in paris Goethe-Institut, called 'Volle Rolle' - named after the cardboard tube that was used to take the 'finds' of the first shopping trip home.

Members of the 'KultTour' last Monday. Photo©Stiftung Museum Schloss Moyland

I have been with friends from Germany, who have studied their print catalogues carefully, and watched them acquire prints in Paris - that left them looking like they had swallowed a fat canary.

For collectors who are art fans, collecting rare, original prints can be affordable - compared to zillions of dollars or euros for originals of paintings by famous artists. But this kind of collecting is a specialty, so don't bother asking me for 'hot' tips concerning the market in Paris.

The modest exhibition 'Volle Rolle' continues until Monday, 9. September, from 10:00 to 18:00, Tuesday to Friday. Free entry. At the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes, 17. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Place d'Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 44 43 92 58.

Beachless Paris

Despite the predictions of dire weather situations in France, there have been modestly good weather spells in the last few days. This is fairly normal because the weather forecasts are too global to predict random patches of sunshine nearly every day.

I was at the Goethe-Institut in the Avenue d'Iéna last Wednesday, and the weather wasn't bad but I didn't get any photos except for one of an exceptionally serious warning to 'push the button' and 'wait for the green man' before crossing the street.

At the time, the traffic situation was in the pit of mid-August. There weren't even any bicyclists. So I went home with an empty camera, and it wasn't until Saturday that it occurred to me that this issue needs some photos.

It seems as if there has been a 'Paris Plage' effect. This was such a big deal that it seemed safe enough for everything else in the city that wasn't directly a visitor destination, to go into a slumber.

Posters that were around in July were still being displayed. Few new movies are being advertised, the 'rentrée's' big promos haven't started, and magazine covers have been - lame is a good word.

So, without much of a focus, I was in the Saint-Germain area, to see moviegoers lining up for th Marx Brothers. Some café terraces, if they were in the sun, were well-stocked with terracians.


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