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Paris:– Saturday, 8. January 2005:– There are a lot of continuing exhibitions and events that are having their last days and to these a good number of coming exhibitions have been added. When all the events that are current are put in the mix, this Scène page bursts its shoelaces and spills over to page 2. Turn to this and you'll find some of what's coming, and what is about to end – the 'last chances.'

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Uncovering the Color – scale models and full–sized samples of chefs d'oeuvres of Middle Ages and Renaissance mural paintings. To 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.

30 Masterpieces – on exceptional loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this exhibition of Islamic arts should not be missed. Continuing untilposter, l'epaule nord, thtr universataire Monday, 25. April. 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 50 50.

Imari – an exhibition of porcelain objects created for the Shoguns and for European aristocracy in the 17th century shows different tastes and styles. Until Saturday, 2. April. Open from 10:00 to 18:00, and until 21:30 on Thursdays. Closed Sunday and Monday. At the Maison de la Culture du Japon, 101 bis, Quai Branly, Paris 15. Métro: Bir–Hakeim. InfoTel.: 01 44 37 95 01.

Sylvie Vartan – an exhibition of 80 costumes worn by Sylvie Vartan on stage and in life, including photos, posters and record covers. Until Sunday, 27. February. From 10:00 to 18:00, except Monday. At the Musée Galliéra, 10. Avenue Pierre – 1er – de – Serbie, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma–Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 86 00.<</P>

Alberto Giacometti–Henri Cartier Bresson. – a photo exhibit, continuing until Sunday, 27. March. From Wednesday to Sunday, from 13:00 to 18:30, until 20:30 on Wednesdays, and from 11:00 to 18:45 on Saturdays. Evenings free. At the Fondation Henri Cartier–Bresson, 2. Impasse Lebouis, Paris 14. Métro: Gaïté. InfoTel.: 01 56 80 27 00.<</P>

Stephen Shore – The Biographical Landscape – to be seen in Paris for the first time, showing influences of Warhol's '60s, Pop Art, Kerouac's writing and 'Easy Rider,' as well as photos by Bernd and Hilla Becher. To continue until Sunday, 20. March. Except Monday, daily from 10:00 to 18:30. At the Jeu de Paume's Hôtel de Sully, 62. Rue Saint Antoine, Paris 4. Métro: Bastille or Saint–Paul. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 12 50.

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. Beginning onposter, une chaine anglais, thtr 14 serreau 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.

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 Sunday, 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.

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.

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.

Signes du Corps – signs of 'body art' from Asia, Africa, the Pacific and the Americas, some as signals of a renaissance of identifying with ancestors. Continuing until Sunday, 3. April 2005. Daily from 11:00 to 19:00, except Tuesday. Entry chargeposter, le collier de perles, thtr 13 but free on the last Wednesday of the month. At the Musée Dapper, 35. Rue Paul–Valéry, Paris 16. Métro: Etoile, Victor Hugo or Kléber. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 01 50.

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 until 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.

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.

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.

Paris On the Air – is about radio and television broadcasting, from the beginning to now. To be a very audio–visual show. Continuing until 12. February. Except on Sundays, from 10:00 to 19:00. In the Salon d'Acceuil of the Hôtel de Ville, 29. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 49 61. Free entry.

Le Monde de Franquin – if you think comics are silly, here are some full of inventions, featured in 250 original comics pages shown here in a science museum not justposter, l'inde fantome, musee guimet for kids. On view until 30. August 2005.. 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.

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 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.

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 Saturday, 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.

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.

Le Cas du Sac – some 300 bags from just about everywhere, and every kind, including doctors' satchels and the bags of Mongolian travelling salesmen. Until Sunday, 20. February. Except Mondays, from 11:00 to 18:00, and from 10:00 to 18:00 on weekends and on Wednesdays until 21:00. Closed Saturday, 25. December and Saturday, 1. January. At the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, 107–111. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais–Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

The World According to Hans Rudi Giger – retrospective of the artist famous for his contributions to the film by Ridley Scott. Until Sunday, 6. February 2005. Daily, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Halle Saint–Pierre, 2. Rue Ronsard, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers. InfoTel.: 01 42 58 72 89.

Raymond Depardon – the photographer has made 7 films in 7 cities such as Shanghai, Berlin, Moscowposter, expo bartholdi, mus arts et metiers and Tokyo expressly for the Fondation, and they are on view here for the first time. Until Sunday, 27. February. 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 67.

Photographies du Louvre – by Patrick Faigenbaum and his atelier team consisting of Gabriel Costes, Antonin Etard, Elisabeth Gerl, Elin Jakobsdottir, Anne–Laure Perrin, Claire Soton, Julia Staniszewska and Lise Terdjman. Part one, until March, features the museum, and part two, until May, exhibits three aspects of Patrick Faigenbaum's own works. From Friday, 12. November until 31. May. Open from 9:00 to 17:30, and until 21:30 on Monday and Wednesday. Closed Tuesdays. At the Musée du Louvre, Aile Sully–Salle de la Maquette. Principal entry from the Pyramid in the Cour Napoléon, Paris 1. Métro: Palais–Royal. InfoTel.:01 44 78 75 26.

Agence France–Presse, 1944–2004 – photos from the archives of France's worldwide news agency. This continues until Saturday, 12. February. 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.

The Photographer Photographed – 'L'autoportrait en France, 1850–1914,' presents the photographer in drawings, cartoons and photos, and an object of curiosity, ridicule, distrust, as a public figure. This show continues until Sunday, 13. February. From Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Maison de Victor Hugo, 6. Place des Vosges, Paris 4. Métro: Saint–Paul or Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 10 16.

L'Utopie photographique – an exhibition concerning the 150 years of the Société française de photographie. On view until Sunday, 6. February. 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 00.

The Third Eye – 'La photographie et l'occulte' may be about voodoo, but you'll never know until you see it. The exhibition continues until Sunday, 6. February. 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 00.

Jan Dibbets, Saenredam–Zadkine – seven photos by Jan Dibbets, done 'in situ' at the museum in the summer of 2003. This continues until Sunday, 13. February. From Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Zadkine, 100–bis. Rue d'Assas, Paris 6. Métro: Notre–Dame–des–Champs or Vavin. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 75 26.

Les Ateliers de Bouchard – an exhibition of photos of Bouchard at work at the Villa Médicis in Rome, in Montparnasse and at Auteuil. Exhibition continues until Friday, 27. May 2005. Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 14:00 to 19:00, including 1. January. At the Musée Bouchard, 25. Rue de l'Yvette, Paris 16. Métro: Jasmin. InfoTel.: 01 46 47 63 46.

La Photographie écrite – little known images by artists who are well–known. Until Wednesday, 16. February. From 10:00 to 19:00 daily except Monday. In the Passage de Retz, 9. Rue Charlot, Paris 3. Métro: Saint–Sébastien Frossiart. InfoTel.: 01 48 04 37 99.

Rineke Dijkstra – portraits with a minimum of background and effects, showing complex exchanges. Starting Tuesday, 14. December, until Sunday, 20. February. Hours are Tuesday to Friday from 12:00 to 19:00, Tuesday evenings to 21:30, and on weekends from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Jeu de Paume, 1. Place de la Concorde, Paris 8. Metro: Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 12 52.

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 appreciatedphoto, artdeco doorway 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.

Paris Insurgé, Paris Libéré – is an exhibition featuring many items concerning the Libération never displayed before. Continues until Sunday,10. April. Open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40. At the 'Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris–Musée Jean Moulin,' Jardin Atlantique, above the Gare Montparnasse. Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Gaîté. InfoTel.: 01 40 64 39 44.

Historical Arms – are presented in a temporary exhibition of the collection of the Musée de l'Armée, which is otherwise closed until the spring of 2005. All the best are on view until the end of this year. Hours are from 10:00 to 18:00. Closed on Mondays except in July and August. 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.

There are three skating rinks this year. The new one is on the first floor of the Tour Eiffel. It's not big but it's high. There's only the walk–up entry charge of 3€, and the skate rental of 5€, which is the same at the Hôtel de Ville and the rink in front of the Gare de Montparnasse, both of which are otherwise free. Weekdays usually from 12:00, and weekends from 9:00. Night skating to midnight or to 22:00 on Sunday. The rinks continue until 13. March.

Circus Alexis Gruss – brand new old–fashioned circus, with all the trimmings. Continuing until Sunday, 27. February. On Wednesday at 14:00, Saturday at 14:00 and 20:30, and Sunday at 14:00 and 17:15. Daily at 14:00 during school holidays. Every Friday in December at 20:30, including 24. December. At the Pelouse de Saint–Cloud, Porte de Auteuil, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil. InfoTel.:01 40 36 08 00.

Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione – see the new show 'Bravo,' which celebrates the 70th anniversary of this traditional but modern, real circus. Has everything except Barnum. Shows are at 14:00 and 17:00 on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and at 20:30 on Tuesday and Friday, and at 14:00 on all school holidays. At the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, 110. Rue Amelot, Paris 11. Métro: Filles du Calvaire. InfoTel.: 01 47 00 28 81.

Arcimboldo et les Cinq Sens – kids will be able to distinguish their five senses after seeing some of this Italian painter's now–you–see–it, now–you–don't works. Also visit Il Etait une Fois Léonard. Arcimboldo continues until May. The park is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00, but on Saturdays from 14:00 to 18:00. At the Musée en Herbe, in the Jardin d'Acclimatation just inside the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Sablons. InfoTel.: 01 40 67 97 66.

Catacombes – are closed for renovations until the sometime in the late spring. Catacombes de Paris, 1. Place Denfert Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert–Rochereau InfoTel.: 01 43 22 47 63.

For Roller Folks – the free Friday night 'roller rando' around Paris goes on all year, startingphoto, jet trail at 22:00 on Fridays, from in front of the Gare Montparnasse. Each complete tour takes about three hours – and they are not for the wobbly or faint–hearted. Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 43 36 89 81.

More For Roller Folks – the free Sunday afternoon 'other roller rando' around Paris goes on all year too, but starts at 14:30 on Sundays from the Place de la Bastille. Complete tours take about three hours, but are not so taxing as the night tours. Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 44 54 07 44.

Paris Rando Vélo – is another Friday night bike rendez–vous that meets at the Hôtel de Ville at 21:30. This group also has a 10:30 session on the third Sunday of every month. Check the Web site for 'yet another rolling rando,' always in sunny weather of course. At the Hôtel de Ville, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville InfoTel.: 06 10 87 05 87.

Roue Libre – this RATP partner has bike rentals, costing not much per hour or day. Both complete accessories and insurance are available. The year–round HQ is open from 9:00 to 19:00 daily, at 1. Passage Mondétour in Les Halles. Métro: Les Halles or Etienne–Marcel. InfoTel.: 08 00 44 15 34.

'Paris Respire' – is the Sunday and holidays' program allowing slower folks unpowered by motors to stroll and roll around without worrying about the automobilistas on the Seine–side speedways and other areas around Paris, which are closed to motor traffic until 18:00 on Sundays. This is now a year–round occasion.

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