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Temps des Merveilleuses

photo, rue de la paix

Winter sun sets behind the Rue de la Paix.

Coming and 'Last Chances'

Paris:– Saturday, 7. February 2005:– Another issue with two Scène columns. In this one, some of what's coming in the first half of the year, and some of what's just about to finish. See the other Scène column for what's on right now.

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Dionysiac – an exhibition of first–show works by 14 artists, from Paul McCarthy to John Bock passing by Fabrice Hybert. The reference to Dionysus is fromposter, monsieur x, thtr art athevains Nietzsche, and the answer is 'Yes!' Beginning on Wednesday, 23. February, and until Monday, 9. May. From 11:00 to 21:00 daily except on Tuesdays, and on Thursdays until 23:00. At the Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Photo Collection, Ponthault–Combault – Arnaud Claas has made a selection from the 700 photos in the FRAC's Ile–de–France collection, with a singular vision. Beginning on Wednesday, 2. March, and until Sunday, 29. May. Open from Wednesday to Friday, from 14:00 to 19:00, on weekends from 11:00 to 19:00. Le Plateau, site of contemporary art creation. At the corner of the Rue des Alouettes and the Rue Carducci, Paris 19. Métro: Buttes–Chaumont. InfoTel.: 01 53 19 84 10.

From Seurat to Paul Klee – another one of the big–name face–offs, this one with finesse. Beginning on Thursday, 3. March and continuing until Sunday, 26. June. 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.

Jules Verne, le Roman de la Mer – on the centennial of Jules Verne's death, '20,000 Leagues Under Sea' is at the heart of this big show. Beginning on Wednesday, 9. March and until 30. August. From 10:00 to 18:00, except Tuesdays. At the Musée de la Marine, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 69 53.

Au Temps des Merveilleuses – the ten years between 1794 and 1804 are remembered more for style than names like 'Directoire' or 'Consulat,' both related to Napoléon. Lots of 'nouveaux' – 'riches' and 'pauvres,' and all mavellous. From Wednesday, 9. March until Sunday, 12. June. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint–Paul or Chemin Vert. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 58 58.

De la Bastille à Bonaparte – 64 seldom–seen gouaches by Lesueur covering the period from 1789 to 1806 illustrate the exhibition above, more or less. From Wednesday, 9. March until Sunday, 12. June. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint–Paul or Chemin Vert. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 58 58.

Sartre dans Son Siècle – the century as seen and lived by Jean–Paul Sartre, with paintings by Giacometti and Wols and photos by Brassaï, Cartier–Bresson and Gisèle Freund. From Wednesday, 9. March until 28. August. 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, – Grande Galerie, at the Quai François Mauriac, Paris 13. Métro: Quai de la Gare or Bibliothèque François Mitterrand. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 82 64.

'Secret' with Johann Le Guillerm – a circus act involving circus machines, so that you can't tell where machines end and humans begin. A hit at Avignon last year. Fromposter, jazz, argentan Wednesday, 9. March until Saturday, 30. April. At the Espace Chapiteaux, Parc et Grand Halle de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Bacon and Picasso – one of the big–name face–offs, with sparks. Beginning on Tuesday, 15. March and continuing until Monday, 30. May. From 9:30 to 17:30, except on Tuesdays. Until 18:00 starting in April. At the Musée National Picasso, Hôtel Salé, 5. Rue de Thorigny, Paris 4. Métro: Saint–Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 71 25 21.

Paul Guigou – escaped practicing law to paint the colors of Provence in Paris and is considered by some to be the initiator of 'Impressionism.' Guigou's problem is that he died too soon, at 37, in 1871. To begin on Wednesday, 16. March and to continue until Sunday, 26. June. 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.

Jean–Luc Moulène and Tony Oursler – are two widely different photographers,poster, ecrire roma, m duras, thtr odeon who don't end up with the same results, but are here in the same place. From Tuesday, 25. March until Sunday, 22. May. 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 Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, 1, place de la Concorde, Paris 8. Metro: Place de la Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 12 52.

The Walls of No Man's Land – Palestine – is an exhibition of photos by Larry Towell, winner of the Prix HCB 2003. Beginning Friday, 1. April, until Sunday, 31. July. 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.

Adolphe and Georges Giraudon – traces the history of a publishing house located near the Beaux–Arts, with a photo bibliothèque in the Rue Bonaparte. Beginning on Tuesday, 12. April, until Tuesday, 19. June. Open in winter from 9:30 to 16:45, but closed on Monday. Open to 17:45 after 1. April. Atposter, expo yann lestrat, la criee, rennes the Musée Rodin, 77. Rue de Varenne, Paris 7. Métro: Varennes. InfoTel.: 01 44 18 61 10.

French Masterworks – from German collections of 17th and 18th century works, featuring Poussin, Le Lorrain, Watteau, David. To begin on Wednesday, 20. April, until Monday, 1. August. Open 10:00 to 20:00, and until 22:00 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Square Jean Perrin entry, Paris 8. Métro: hamps–Elysées–Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

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