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The Jardin des Plantes in December.

Last Chance for 2OO4

Paris:– Saturday, 4. December 2004:– It seems like a dozen exhibitions began in mid–November, timed to carry over with all the other shows, into the new year. So much the better to have fresh ones to see, even if I haven't seen the old ones. Here's hoping the page will load.

The end of the year is nearly gone gone gone. I am a bit late off the mark this year so the final update to the 'Noël' column is still in the works, with only the earlier version of 'Noël' items available. Watch for an update soon.

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Contrepoint – the Louvre invites contemporary artists into its halls. Among them, Absalon, Jean–Michel Alberola, Christian Boltanski, Maurizio Cattelan, Marie–Ange Guilleminot, Susan Hefuna, Gary Hill, Cameron Jamie, Ange Leccia, Jean–Michel Othoniel, José–Maria Sicilia, Frédéric Sanchez and Xavier Veilhan. Until Thursday, 10. February. Open from 9:00 to 17:30, and until 21:30 on Monday and Wednesday. 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.

Psy(k)é – is an exhibition of 200 psychedelic posters, dating from the '60s and '70s that sum up a generation jolted by rock and individual liberty. Beginningposter, le cas du sac, musee de la mode on Thursday, 9. December and continuing until Sunday, 27. March. Except Mondays, from 11:00 to 18:00 weekdays, from 10:00 to 18:00 on weekends and from 10:00 to 21:00 on Wednesdays. At the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais–Royal–Louvre. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

Stagecoaches and Robbers – from the times of the Louis,' the old days of the Poste in France, as told in stamps and other objects. For stamp fans until 16. April. From 10:00 to 18:00, except Sundays and holidays. At the Musée de la Poste, 34. Boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 42 79 24 24.

Napoléon – of Propaganda and Legend – this is about Napoléon arranging his own legend, for his time and ours. To continue until Monday, 6. June 2005. Except Tuesdays, open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 17:30, and from 14:00 to 17:35 on Saturday and Sunday. At the Musée de l'Histoire de France, Hôtel de Rohan, 87. Rue Vieille du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville or Saint–Paul. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 60 96.

Bartholdi, and the Builders of Liberty – for the centennial of Bartholdi's death, an exhibition about the building of the Statue of Liberty, placed in New York's harbor in October of 1886. To continue until Sunday, 6. March. Open daily except Mondays and holidays, from 10:00 to 18:00, on Thursdays until 21:30. At the Musée des Arts et Métiers, 60. Rue Réaumur, Paris 3. Métro: Arts et Métiers. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 82 00.

Le Petit Palais At 4 du Matin – two of several photographers who have been recording the total renovation of the Petit Palais are exposed here, beginning Thursday, 9. December and continuing until Friday, 11. February. From 10:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. At the location of the Cultural Affairs direction of the Ville de Paris in the Hôtel d'Albret, Salon Jean Musy, 31. Rue des Francs–Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint–Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 67 00. No entry charge.

Beyond Earth – in 2004 the European Space Agency launched three explorations, directedposter, catalogne romane, mus cluny at Mars, a comet and Saturn's Rings. This exhibition explains why and the results so far. Until Sunday, 30. January. Open on Wednesday, Friday and weekends, from 14:00 to 18:00. At the Observatoire de Paris, 61. Avenue de l'Observatoire, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert–Rochereau or RER Port Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 23 01.

Unboltable – an exhibition based on the photo taken on 7. November 1885 by Alexander Ross at Craigellachie in British Columbia, showing that Canada is bolted together from coast to coast. Until Saturday, 22. January.Tuesday to Friday from 10;00 to 18:00, until 21:00 on Thursday, and from 14:00 on 18:00 on Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. At the Centre Culturel Canadien, 5. Rue de Constantine, Paris 7. Métro: Invalides. InfoTel.: 01 44 43 21 90.

La Maison de Wendel – designs, sculptures, photos, models, paintings, trace the history of the Wendel family, in Lorraine, for 300 years. Until Sunday, 13. February. From 10:00 to 18:00, until 21:45 on Thursdays and from 9:00 to 18:00 on Sunday. Closed on Mondays, Christmas Day and New Years Day. 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.

Crad'Expo – subtitled as the 'Impolite Science of the Body' this is a fantastic show about the real us, with smells and sound effects, designed to be appreciated more by kids than their parents. Continuing until Sunday, 8. May. 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.

The Sea – Terror and Fascination – from the imagination to science, this mult–discipline show has it all, plus you can see it online.. On view until Sunday, 16. January. From 10:00 to 20:00, and 13:00 to 19:00 on Sundays. Closed Mondays. At the François Mitterrand site of the Bibliothèque Nationale, – Grande Gallerie, at the Quai François Mauriac, Paris 13. Métro: Quai de la Gare or Bibliothèque François Mitterrand. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 82 64.

Le Ciel Dans un Tapis – shows 56 carpets from the 15th to 18th centuries, from Egypt, Turkey and Persia, from the collections of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Berlin's Museum für Islamische Kunst and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. On view untilposter, mois du theatre polonais Thursday, 31. March. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1. Rue des Fossés–Saint–Bernard, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 38 38.

Piotr Michalowski – within the framework of Nova Polska, this Polish artist conducts a dialogue with Delacroix and Géricault. Until Monday, 10. January. Daily except Tuesdays from 9:30 to 17:00. At the Musée National Eugène Delacroix, 6. Rue de Furstenberg, Paris 6. Métro: Saint–Germain–des–Prés or Mabillon. InfoTel.: 01 44 41 85 50.

Julio Gonzalez – a rare chance to see the works of one of the 20th century's most important sculptors, the first in Paris since his retrospective in 1952. Until Monday, 21. February. 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.

Jeux d'Hiver !!! – a recreation of a children's vision of Noël by young artists around a theme of toys. With Julien Michaud, Maud Fiori and the Crazydolls collective. Continues until Friday, 31. December. At Glaz'Art, 7–15. Avenue de la Porte de la Villette, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 36 55 65.

Bruno Schulz – a show organized with Warsaw's Adam Mickiewicz Literary Museum, and accompanied by the photos of Bruno Schulz by Marc Sagnol. Continuing until Sunday, 23. January. 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.

Mois de la Photo 2004 – Paris' bi–annual 'Mois de la Photo' continues into December. This year's edition is devoted to history, starting with 1839 to 1914. Two other sections handle the 20th century and a bit beyond. This year's edition is associated with Berlin and Vienna, for a look backwards. From 11:00 to 20:00 daily except Monday and Tuesday. 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 26.

Shooting the Chase – is an exhibition of 19th century photos of hunting, some by the well–known photographers Charles Nègre, Adolphe Braun and Horatio Ross, plus some rare daguerréotypes and other remarkable images. This continues until Sunday, 19. December. Except Monday, open daily from 11:00 to 18:00. Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Hôtel de Guénégaud, 60. Rue des Archives, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.:01 53 01 92 40.

Documentary & Anti–Graphic – this is the reconstitution of an exhibition staged at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York in 1935. Features photos by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier–Bresson and Walker Evans. This continues until Sunday, 19. December. From Wednesday to Sunday, from 13:00 to 18:30, until 20:30 on Wednesdays, and from 11:00 to 18:45 on Saturdays. Free entry evenings. At the Fondation Henri Cartier–Bresson, 2. Impasse Lebouis, Paris 14. Métro: Gaîté. InfoTel.: 01 42 75 59 15.

Uncovering the Color – scale models and full–sized samples of chefs d'oeuvres of Middle Ages and Renaissance mural paintings. To beginposter, images du monde flottant, grand palais on Wednesday, 15 December and continue until Monday, 28. February. Daily, from 9:00 to 17:00. At the Conciergerie, 1. Quai de l'Horloge, Paris 1. Métro: Cité. InfoTel.: 01 53 40 60 93.

Mario Giacomelli, Photographer – the néo–réalist of the 20th century, in the photographer's unmistakable style. From Monday, 24. January until Sunday, 24. April. Except Monday, from 10:00 to 19:00, and from 12:00 to 19:00 on Sunday. At the Richelieu branch of the Bibliothèque Nationale, 58. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 59 59.

Richard Linder – Adults Only – celebrate the reopening of this museum with an exhibition of the works of this Euro–American artist, having his first show since his retrospective in 1974. To begin on Tuesday, 15. February, to last until 12. June. From 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays. At the Musée de la Vie Romantique – Hôtel Scheffer Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Saint–Georges, Blanche or Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 55 31 95 67.

Turner, Whistler, Monet – see the transition from realism to impressionism to symbolism in this major show. This continues until Monday, 17. January. Open 10:00 to 20:00 and until 22:00 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–Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Pharaoh – is an exhibition about who the Pharaohs were, with material from the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, and from the Louvre's collections. On view until 10. April 2005. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1. Rue des Fossés–Saint–Bernard, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 38 38.

Lumières de Soie – a show of silk and gold, some from 10th century China, Japan and Indonesia. Certain items are on show to the public for the first time, from the Collectionposter, bruno schulz, mus art et hiryoire juive Riboud. Continuing until Monday, 24. January. Hours are 10:00 to 18:00, except on Tuesdays. At the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques / Musée Guimet – Le Panthéon Bouddhique, 19. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 53 00.

Véronèse Profane – an exhibition of 50 works by the Venetian master and some of his closest associates. This big show continues until Sunday, 30. January. Open daily from 10:00 to 19:00, and until 22:30 on Monday and Friday. At the Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Saint–Sulpice. InfoTel.: 01 01 45 44 12 90.

Stieglitz et Son Cercle – this big exhibition is meant to cover all of Alfred Stieglitz' many activities and include many of the artists that were involved, including 16 photos from the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation. This big show continues until Sunday, 16. January. 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.

Trésors de la Fondation Napoléon – classic art from Napoleon's private collection at the Imperial court. Continuing until Sunday, 3. April 2005. From 10:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Musée Jacquemart – Andre, 158. Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8. Métro: Miromesnil. InfoTel.: 01 45 62 11 59.

Images du Sacre de l'Empereur Napoléon – under the dome of the Invalides, this exhibition marks the bicentennial of the 'Sacre,' or coronation, of Napoléon on 2. December 1804. This exhibition continues until Wednesday, 12. January. Open from 10:00 to 17:00 and from 10:00 to 17:30 on Sunday. Closed on the 1st Monday of the month and holidays. At the Hôtel National des Invalides – Musée de l'Armée, 129. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Latour–Maubourg or Varenne. InfoTel.: 01 44 42 38 77.

Napoléon – it was the 200th anniversary of the 'Sacré de Napoléon' on 2. December, so the Louvre has put on a really big show starring David, continuing until Monday, 17. January. Except on Tuesdays, open from 9:00 to 18:00, and until 21:45 on Wednesday and Friday. Musée du Louvre. Paris 1. Métro: Palais–Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 53 17.

A Fauve at Marmottan – is Jean Puy, who was a friend of Derain, Marquet and Matisse, who showed off his stuff at the Autumn Salon in 1905, and somehow caused the word 'fauve' to be coined. This exhibition continues until Sunday, 30. January. From 10:00 to 18:00, except on Mondays. At the Musée Marmottan–Monet, 2. Rue Louis–Boilly, Paris 16. Métro: La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 44 96 50 33.

'Souvenirs, Souvenirs' – is the title of this visual and audio exhibition celebrating 100 years of popular French songs and music, along with the last century's 'Top 100.' Untilposter, petit palais a 4 du matin, hotel albret Friday, 31. December. From 10:00 to 19:00, and 12:00 to 19:00 on Sundays. Closed Mondays. At the François Mitterrand site of the Bibliothèque Nationale, – Tour des Nombres, at the Quai François Mauriac, Paris 13. Métro: Quai dela Gare or Bibliothèque François Mitterrand. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 49 49.


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