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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: Champs–Elysées–Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Robert Mallet–Stevens, Architect, 1889–1945 – an exhibition presenting works in Paris and from the five corners of France, plus projects still on the drawing board. Beginning on Wednesday, 27. April, to 29. August. From 11:00 to 21:00 daily except on Tuesdays, and on Thursdays until 23:00. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Du Refuge au Piège – presents the history of the Jewish quarter Saint–Gervais in the Marais, from the Medieval era to the close of WWII. To begin Thursday, 28. April and continue until Saturday, 30. July. 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.

Rétromobile – one more time, the 30th, this annual very old used car show features oldie cars, trucks, motorcycles and a couple of boats, all in tip–shape and never raced.. Beginning on Friday, 11. February and rolling along untilposter, expo juifs dans la guerre, musee d'art et d'hisorie du judaisme Sunday, 20. February. On opening day, from 12:00 to 22:00, then from 10:00 to 19:00, and from 10:00 to 22:00 on Tuesday and Friday. At Paris–Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 53 27 00.

Salon de l'Agriculture – known to 'bonne bouffe' fans as the 'Beautiful Cow Show,' this annual hyper–event will be turning Paris into a farm again from Saturday, 26. February until Sunday, 6. March. Open hours are 9:00 to 19:00, and until 22:00 on Friday, 4. March. At Paris–Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 09 60 00.

Brocante et Jambons – is an annual national event featuring antiques and good hams out in the fresh air on the Ile des impressionnistes at Chatou. From Friday, 11. March until Sunday, 20. March. Check the Web site for more info, and InfoTel.: 01 47 70 88 78.

25th Salon du Livre – with many publishers from a lot of countries other than France, along with a small army of live authors. This year, from Friday, 18. March until Wednesday, 23. March. Hours are from 9:30 to 19:00, to 22:00 on Tuesday, and until 18:30 on the last day. More info on the Web site. In Hall 1. at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 41 90 47 40.

Rendez–Vous France, Paris – and, not least, the Ile–de–France. A big salon, showing all that France has to offer for your holidays. In April. Check the Web site for the Maison de la France for more info, and InfoTel.: 01 42 96 70 00.

Salon de Maquette – and Games. Oodles of little things, flying, floating, and on rails, plus board games galore. The salon takes place this year from Saturday, 23. April until Sunday, 1. May, at Paris–Expo. Métro: Porte de Versailles. Web site is for more info, and InfoTel.: 01 49 09 60 82.

Foire de Paris – is Paris' annual jumbo home show, including its amazing inventors' exhibit, the Concours Lépine. This should never be missed even if it's clogged to the rafters, which it usually is at lunchtime. Beginning on Thursday, 12. May, until Sunday, 22. 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.

Airshow at Bourget – for airfans, even if you can't afford to buy your own jet fighter or an Airbus A380. This year from Monday, 13 June until Sunday, 19. June. Web site is called Air Show for more info, and InfoTel.: 01 53 23 33 33.

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.

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.

The Photographer Photographed – 'L'autoportrait en France, 1850–1914,' presents the photographer in drawings, cartoons and photos, and an object ofposter, les verites vrais, thtr fontaine 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Sylvie Vartan – an exhibition of 80 costumes worn by Sylvie Vartan on stage andposter, les champs d'amour, cafe de la danse 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.

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.

Raymond Depardon – the photographer has made 7 films in 7 cities such as Shanghai, Berlin, Moscow 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.

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.

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