Surreal René Magritte

photo: tour eiffel, champs de mars, ecole militaire

The view from the Palais Chaillot at Trocadéro.

From Cézanne to Dubuffet

Paris:- Saturday, 22. March 2003:- In this spring season, which is not yet complete, there is plenty of new shows either on now or coming soon. The problem is with today's weather, which is brilliantly tempting all to be outside in one of Paris' many parks and gardens - or just outside somewhere, taking it easy.

This amazing late-March weather cannot last forever - it never has before - so keep the list below handy for April's rainy days which can't be far off.

Michelangelo - shows off many of his drawings, beginning on Friday, 28. March, until Monday, 23. June. Open from 9:00 to 18:00 and from 9:00 to 21:30 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. At the Musée du Louvre, principal entry from the Pyramid in the Cour Napoléon, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 51 51.

Tim - Etre de Son Temps - which were from 1919 to 2000 for Louis Mitelberg. The exhibitionposter: chagell, grand palais begins on Wednesday, 26. March and continues until 31. August. Except Saturdays, daily from 11:00 to 18:00, and on Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 86 60.

La Ruche - was officially named the Villa Médicis by its founder, the sculptor Alfred Boucher - but its artistic inhabitants called it the 'beehive' because of its shape, and the shape of things that went on there - mainly artistic, by Chagall, Modigliani, Léger. Since it still fills this function, the exhibition about its past is at the Chemin du Montparnasse, until Wednesday, 14. May. Except Mondays, from 12:00 to 18:30. In the alley off 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

Trésors du Titanic - is an exhibition of objects found on the deep seabed surrounding the wreck of the Titanic. Until 31. August. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00; on Sundays from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Cité des Sciences, 30. Avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 05 80 00.

Places de Paris - of Paris' 450 'places,' 400 were created in the 19th and 20th centuries, a continuation of an urban characteristic since the Middle Ages. From Friday, 28. March until Friday, 2. May. From 12:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday. At the Mairie of the 8th, 3. Rue de Lisbonne, Paris 8. Métro: Europe or Saint-Augustin. InfoTel.: 01 44 90 75 08.

Stone Vines - a photographic exhibition showing the frequent use of vines in stone as architectural decoration in Paris. Until 21. September, from 10:00 to 18:00 except on Monday and Tuesdays. Use this as a excuse to visit the Musée du Vin, Rue des Eaux, 5. Square Charles Dickens, Paris 16. Métro: Passy. InfoTel.: 01 45 25 63 28.

Salon des Antiquaires - posters, engravings, silver, arms, Art Déco, jewelry, clocks, furniture - just everything, but nothing new. From Saturday, 29. March until Sunday, 6. April. From 11:00 to 20:00, but from 14:00 to 20:00 on the first day. Located in a tent in the Jardin des Tuileries, by the métro exit Tuileries. Paris 1. InfoTel.: 01 53 30 65 20.

Bertien Van Manen - is an exhibition by this Dutch photographer, continuing until Sunday, 18. May. From Wednesday to Sunday, from 13:00 to 18:30. No entry charge. At the Centre Photographique d'Ile-de-France, 107. Avenue de la République, in Pontault Combault. By SNCF train for 30 minutes from Gare de l'Est, in the direction of Tournan or Coulommiers and get off at Emerainville or Pontault-Combault. InfoTel.: 01 70 05 49 80.

Marathon - Paris big one will take to the streets on Sunday, 6. April. More info for this huge event can be found on the official Web site.

This year's Salon du Livre continues until Wednesday, 26. March. Flanders and Holland are being honored this year. On Tuesday until 22:00, otherwise from 9:30 until 19:00. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 41 90 47 40.

Chevaux et Chevaliers Arabes - as depicted on the arts of the Middle East. Until Sunday, 30. March except on 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.

Ce Qui Arrive - is an exhibition concocted by Paul Virilio, continuing until Sunday, 30. March. From 12:00 to 20:00 except on 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.

Objets d'Art, Objets d'Armes - says, 'recuperated civil war weapons transformed and sculptured.' This is part of the ongoing Festival Imaginaire. Until Sunday, 30. March, from 14:00 to 19:00, except Mondays. At La Tour, 111. Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris 1. Métro: InfoTel.: 01 45 44 72 30.

Henry Clarke - Fashion Photographer - Clarke started began his real career in Paris with an exclusive contract with Condé-Nast in 1951. Working at the top until 1991, he left his works to the Musée Galliera. This year's 'Mois de la Photo' sees 200 of Clarke's works being exhibited for the first time. Until Sunday, 30. March, from 10:00 to 18:00, except Mondays. At the Musée Galliera, 10. Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 86 00.

From Cézanne to Dubuffet - is an exhibition that will feature 170 paintings andposter: raoul dufy, musee maillol a dozen sculptures from the private Jean and Suzanne Planque Foundation collection, which contains many of the masters - many - of the 19th and 20th centuries. Beginning on Wednesday, 2. April and continuing until Sunday, 27. July. Except Mondays, from 11:00 to 19:00. Free entry. In the Hôtel de Ville's Salle Saint-Jean, entry at 5. Rue Lobau, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 51 53.

L'Aventure de Pont-Aven et Gauguin - an exhibition presented by the Sénat about the Breton village Pont-Aven, the late 19th century's most important artist's colony - were the who's who of the time met Paul Gauguin. From Wednesday, 2. April until Tuesday, 22. June. Open Tuesday to Thursday, from 10:00 to 19:00, from 10:00 to 20:00 on weekends and from 10:00 to 22:30 on Monday and Friday. At the Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Saint Sulpice. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 25 95.

Tour Auto - is to recreate a classic race, from Paris to Cannes. The race takes place from Monday, 7. April to Saturday, 12 April. See the cars in Paris from 9:00 to 20:00 on 7. April. In the Jardins du Trocadéro, between the Palais de Chaillot and the Avenue de New York. Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 42 59 73 40.

International Model Salon - five categories include planes, boats, trains, cars and figurines, which will be subject of a competition. This is the salon where most of the exhibitors make everything on view, and includes a sub-salon for games of all sorts - except digital ones. From Saturday, 12. April until Monday, 21. April. Hours are generally from 10:00 to 19:00. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 09 64 14.

Shadowing Maigret - on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Georges Simenon, follow his famous detective's footsteps through Paris of 1930-1950, beginning at the BILIPO, the public library specializing in crime literature. There is a published guide to go with this, with seven itineraries. From Friday, 25. April until 20. September. BILIPO, 48-50. Rue du Cardinal-Lémoine, Paris 5. Métro: Cardinal-Lémoine. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 93 00.

Foire de Paris - is Paris' annual jumbo home fair, including its Fête de Jazz and the inventors' show, the Concours Lépine, which should never be missed even if it is always jammed to the rafters. Beginning on Wednesday, 30. April, until Sunday, 11. May. Open hours are usually 10:00 to 19:00. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 09 60 00.

Big Art Market - a commercial show of contemporary art put together by livingposter: salon de l'estamps, 29-31 march, paris print fair artists, this one also features 10 artists working live on the site, on one painting 30 metres long. From Wednesday, 30. April until Monday, 4. May. From 11:00 to 20:00. At the south side of the Place de la Bastille, Paris 4. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 56 53 93 93.

Trop -features Barbara Berger's collection of fantasy bijoux from the 1920-1960 period, augmented by this museum's permanent collection. From Tuesday, 29. April until 31. August. Except Mondays, from 11:00 to 18:00 and 10:00 to 18:00 on weekends. At the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, 107. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

Henri Cartier-Bresson - 'De Qui s'Agit-il?' is a exhibition not to be missed, from Tuesday, 29. April until Sunday, 27. July. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 19:00 and from 12:00 to 19:00 on Sundays. At the Mitterrand site of the Bibliothèque Nationale, at the Quai François-Mauriac, Paris 13. Métro: Bibliothèque Mitterrand or Quai de la Gare. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 59 59. This photographer also has a foundation and it is currently preparing an exhibition space in a villa in the 14th arrondissement, scheduled to open later this spring. To be in the Impasse Lebouis, Paris 14. Métro: Gaité. InfoTel.: 01 42 75 59 15.

Daguerréotype Français - thank your Kodak to the invention of photography, starting with Niépce in the 1820s and contuining with Daguerre. About 250 Daguerréotypes to be on view. Beginning Tuesday, 13. May and continuing until 17. August. From 10:00 to 18:00, until 21:45 on Thursdays and from 9:00 to 18:00 on Sunday. 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.

The Year of Algeria - this is a multi-month multi-cultural series of dance, music and theatre events, beginning at the end of February and continuing until July.

Coming Big Shows - include Leonardo de Vinci's designs at the Louvre starting in May and the 'Daguerréotype Français' at the Musée d'Orsay, starting on Monday, 12. May. Set aside Saturday, 21. June for the Fête de la Musique, most likely lasting all night.

Train Capitale - to be on view on and along the Champs-Elysées from Rond-Point to Concorde - whole trains, old trains, TGVs, mini streetcars - from Saturday, 17. May until Sunday, 15. June. With a little help from the SNCF, the RATP and the national railway museum in Mulhouse.

Air Show - Le Bourget - this semi-annual affair has a huge official name, and hundreds of exhibitors from many countries. If you need an air force, this is the place to get one. Daily air shows will be featured, but the public will be restricted to a few dates. These are expected to be from Sunday, 15 June, and possibly the following weekend.

Notes - Coming Up - More about Paris' mines will be featured at the Catacombs, beginningposter: nicolas de stael, centre pompidou in March. Suzanne Fritscher will be on view at the Musée Zadkine from April to June.

'Toucher au Bois' is tentatively scheduled for the Musée Cognacq-Jay from April to May. The Musée Carnavalet will host the cartoonist Plantu from May to September. Roughly at the same time in the same place - Lucien Jones and 'Shanghai.' Photographs by Marc Riboud will be on view from May to September in the Crypte de Parvis de Notre-Dame. Marlene Dietrich will be the subject of a big show at the Musée Galliera from May to September too. Jean Moulin's traces will be exhibited at the Mémorial Leclerc from May to October.

Further in the future - Gustave Moreau shows up at the Musée de la Vie Romantique beginning in July. Victor Hugo by Rodin will be at the Maison de Victor Hugo starting in September.

Dessins d'Otto Dix - ah, Berlin decadent by Dix. Don't miss this. Until Monday, 31. March, from 11:00 to 21:00 daily except on Tuesdays. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Raoul Dufy - presents an exhibition of Dufy's season of fauvism, with Cézannian and Cubistic tendancies - all for the price of a single entry. Until Monday, 16. June. 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.

Chagall Connu et Inconnu - is a major exhibition, continuing until Monday, 23. June. Open 10:00 to 19:15 and until 21:15 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. Reservations - often - required for morning visits before 13:00. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Cleamenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Philippe Starck - the designer's designer, is featured in a major exhibition desogned by himself continuing until Monday, 12. May. This show is mainly 'virtual' - but entertaining if you like designs by Philippe Starck. Also see the major exhibition of 200 works by artistposter: napoleon, hotel des invalides, musee de l'armee Nicolas De Staël until Monday, 30. June. From 11:00 to 21:00 daily except on Tuesdays. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

René Magritte - wore a bowler and painted a strange world, much vaster than you may imagine. For this major show I have no other information - other than it is happening now, honestly for surreal. Until Monday, 9. June. Except for Mondays and holidays, from 12:00 to 19:00 and from 12:00 to 21:00 on Tuesdays. At the Galeries Nationales du Jeu du Paume, 1. Place de la Concorde, inside the Tuileries, Pari 8. Métro: Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 12 50.

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