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PARIS EVENTS CALENDAR


FEBRUARY 26 - MAY 12
Philippe Starck
Centre Georges Pompidou - Musée National d'Art Moderne
Métro: Hôtel de Ville/Rambuteau
"For twenty years, I made arrangements to stop any exhibition about me. I discouraged more than one try. Growing older, I thought it would be more fun to see it alive than dead." A great magician of forms and metamorphosis, the designer Philippe Starck invites the public to discover his world, to share his questions and his passions, while he reveals a few of his secrets. A theatrical and mysterious exhibition, conceived in collaboration with the designer. www.cnac-gp.fr

APRIL 6
The 27th annual Paris Marathon
Approximately 30,000 runners will start out in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysées at 9am. A few hours and 26.2 miles later, the majority of them will pass through the finish line on Avenue Foch. Registration is now closed, but check out the course map on the official website if you're interested in supporting the runners from the sidelines.
www.parismarathon.com

UNTIL MARCH 16, 2003
Picabia
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Closed Mon., €3-7.
Métro: Alma-Marceau/Iéna
The last Paris retrospective devoted to Francis Picabia (1879-1953) dates from 1976. Since then his work has been shown around the world selectively, in exhibitions focusing only on one period or another – a situation that justifies a fresh look at the oeuvre in the interests of establishing its underlying unity. This is precisely the intention of "Francis Picabia: Ideal Singularity", an exhibition coinciding with Picabia's increasing recognition by other artists as a landmark figure. www.paris.fr

UNTIL MARCH 2, 2003
Paris on Ice
Place de l'Hôtel de Ville (4th); Place Raoul Dautry (15th); and Place de la bataille de Stalingrad, bassin de la Villette (19th).
Free admission; Skate hire €5 (size 27 and below are available for children free of charge)
This winter, the Paris City Council is again running its "Paris on Ice" operation. Three temporary ice rinks will be open to the public. The 1,200m2 Hôtel de Ville ice rink will open to the public from midday until 10pm during the week and until midnight on Fri. and Sat. (From 9am, Fri., Sat., and public holidays). The 800m2 Montparnasse and Bassin de la Villette ice rinks will open to the public from midday until 10pm during the week and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

UNTIL MARCH 2, 2003
Modigliani
Musée du Luxembourg - Tues.-Thurs. 10am-7pm, Sat.-Sun. 10am-8pm, Mon. & Fri. 10am-10:30pm, €6-9.
Métro: Odéon (RER: Luxembourg)
Retrospective exhibition of a great and accursed artist of the 20th century, a veritable genius with a dark and sad expressionism with his "eyes lit up by an inner joy, drunk with the beauty and intelligence of the world" (Paul Dermée, 1945) despite his illness. Sculptor and painter with a singular style. Some one hundred paintings of which over a third have never been exhibited in France: exceptional portraits, fine paintings of his companions and friends, and superb nudes (which were decried during his time). A tribute to one of the greatest artistic legends of the century. www.expomodigliani.com


UNTIL MARCH 3, 2003
Roland Barthes
Centre Georges Pompidou - Musée National d'Art Moderne
Open every day except Tues. 11am-9pm, €4.50-6.50.
Métro: Rambuteau
French social and literary critic, whose writings on semiotics made structuralism one of the main intellectual movements of the 20th century. This exhibition, rich in written, audio and visual documents, conveys the critical thinking of Barthes. www.centrepompidou.fr

 

2003

THROUGH THE END OF 2002
Christmas Windows
The major department stores of Paris are unveiling this year's Christmas windows. Here's a quick breakdown of what to see where…
Samaritaine: 19, rue de la Monnaie, 1st arrondissement
Dates: Nov. 3-end of Dec.
Theme: Father Christmas' outfit according to pupils of Berçot school.
Printemps: 64, blvd Haussman, 9th arrondissement
Dates: Nov. 6-Jan. 7
Theme: Printemps is already a feast for the eyes: 11 superb windows bursting with red orange and fuchsia colours along boulevard Haussmann, some 200 decorated christmas trees... Kenzo will decorate five of the windows on the theme of the fashion world. Six windows will be animated with three Printemps cat mascots: Bôchat, Chamaille and Chatouille, who go off on their adventures across the world and recount their tour on boulevard Hausmann. Illustrator Virginie Broquet.
Bon Marché: 24, rue de Sèvres, 7th arrondissement
Dates: Nov. 6-TBD
Theme: The motif at Bon Marché this year is the Christmas ball, and the windows will be devoted to the story of a family of hippopotami in the business of manufacturing Christmas balls. Each of the 10 windows will show a different step in the manufacturing process.
Galeries Lafayette: 40 blvd Haussman, 9th arrondissement
Dates: Nov. 7-Jan. 6
Theme: In addition to windows, the Galeries Lafayette features an illuminated 'haute couture' dress designed for the store and directly inspired by the Italian tradition of frescoes and 'luminarie' of the Naples region. 2600 m², 150,000 light bulbs and three weeks of installation work for this stunning spectacle. This year, the Galeries Lafayette Christmas windows illustrate the magic of fairytales. You will be able to discover 'Peau d'Ane', Beauty and the Beast, Hänsel and Gretel, The Nutcracker, Snow White, 'le Chat Botté', Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, etc. Window scenes created by young theatre director David Belugou.

SEPTEMBER 17 - JANUARY 5, 2003
Manet/Velázquez: The Spanish Style in the 19th Century
Musée d'Orsay - Open every day except Mon., 10am-6pm, Thurs. 10am-9:45pm, Sun. 9am-6pm, €6.50-8.
Métro: Solférino (RER: Musée d'Orsay)
The Napoleonic conquests marked a turning point in France's knowledge of Spanish Golden Age painting. They are at the origin of the creation of the Prado in 1819. In 1838, Louis-Philippe exhibited his Spanish Gallery at the Louvre (which was to be sold after 1848) and which comprised of over 400 paintings. The impulsion was given: the major acquisitions of the Louvre in the following years and the travels undertaken by artists to study masterpieces at the Prado made the names of painters such as Murillo, Ribera, Zurbarán, Greco, Velázquez and then Goya, familiar. Over and above the works, selected for their aesthetic quality and their historic importance, the Exhibition seeks to show the ways in which these now dispersed celebrated collections influenced Delacroix, Géricault, Courbet, Millet, Bonnat, Degas, Manet and other French painters, less famous today.
Exhibition organised by la Réunion des musées nationaux, le musée d'Orsay and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
www.musee-orsay.fr

NOVEMBER 27 - MARCH 3, 2003
Roland Barthes
Centre Georges Pompidou - Musée National d'Art Moderne
Open every day except Tues. 11am-9pm, €4.50-6.50.
Métro: Rambuteau
French social and literary critic, whose writings on semiotics made structuralism one of the main intellectual movements of the 20th century. This exhibition, rich in written, audio and visual documents, conveys the critical thinking of Barthes. www.centrepompidou.fr

OCTOBER 23 - MARCH 2, 2003
Modigliani
Musée du Luxembourg - Tues.-Thurs. 10am-7pm, Sat.-Sun. 10am-8pm, Mon. & Fri. 10am-10:30pm, €6-9.
Métro: Odéon (RER: Luxembourg)
Retrospective exhibition of a great and accursed artist of the 20th century, a veritable genius with a dark and sad expressionism with his "eyes lit up by an inner joy, drunk with the beauty and intelligence of the world" (Paul Dermée, 1945) despite his illness. Sculptor and painter with a singular style. Some one hundred paintings of which over a third have never been exhibited in France: exceptional portraits, fine paintings of his companions and friends, and superb nudes (which were decried during his time). A tribute to one of the greatest artistic legends of the century. www.expomodigliani.com

SEPTEMBER 27 - JANUARY 6, 2003

Matisse-Picasso
Grand Palais - Open Tues.-Sun. 10am-8pm, Wed. 10am-10pm, €5.50-8.
Métro: Champs Elysées Clemenceau or Franklin D. Roosevelt
Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) are no doubt the principal actors in the creation of modern art. Both friends and rivals, the two artists experimented with each other's styles and themes, and shared a common interest in different forms of artistic expression, including painting, drawing, sculpture, engraving, ceramics and illustrations. This major exhibition is the first to attempt to juxtapose both artists' works from 1906 to 1960, with over 100 paintings, 30 sculptures and 40 drawings. www.rmn.fr

AUTUMN 2002
Reopening of the Aquarium of the Trocadéro
Closed since 1985, it will now be called Cité Marine and is twice the size of the original. There will be a significant number of theme aquariums such as "Whale Bay," "Coral Galexy," "The Aquadome," "The biodiversity spiral," and "Abyss Oberservatory." Opening date to be announced. www.paris-france.org

2003

FEBRUARY 26 - MAY 12
Philippe Starck
National Museum of Modern Art/Pomidou Center
Exhibition and show around the works of the famous designer Philippe Starck. www.centrepomidou.fr

EARLY APRIL
The 27th annual Paris Marathon
www.parismarathon.com

MAY 26 - JUNE 8
French Tennis Open
Roland Garros Stadium
www.frenchopen.org

AUTUMN 2003
Opening of the new Maison du Cinéma
The new Film Museum which will be housed in the former American Center in Bercy, will feature four movie theaters, a room for temporary exhibitions, a research library and restaurant. Opening date to be announced.

OPENING DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

New Paris museum
Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine at the Palais de Chaillot (across from the Eiffel Tower). It will be the first and only permanent collection dedicated to architecture and architectural heritage. Designed by Jean-Louis Cohen and Jean-François Bodin, the new museum will showcase the collections of drawings, drafts and models of the French Institute of architecture.

 

Until January 5
Jean Cocteau
Centre George Pompidou; Place George Pompidou, 75004, 6th Fl.
Poet, writer, but also filmmaker, painter and an active figure on the French music scene, the diversity and richness of Cocteau's output between 1910 and the 1960s was phenomenal. www.centrepompidou.com

Until January 18
From Delacroix to Renoir
Institut du Monde Arabe ; 1, rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, 75005
Exhibition of French painters of the period featuring Delacroix, Fromentin, Chassériau, Renoir... Their travels to Algeria marked their work both in terms of subject matter and technique. www.imarabe.org


Until January 19
Gaugin-Tahiti
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais ; 3, av. du Général Eisenhower, 75008
Paintings, sculptures, graphic works, photographs, objects from his studio in the South Seas. www.rmn.fr/gaugintahiti

Until January 19
From Delacroix to Matisse
Musée du Louvre ; Pyramide Cour Napoléon, 75001
A selection of about 60 drawings from the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries highlights the wealth and variety of this collection from the Fine Arts Museum of Algiers, little known in France. Along with orientalist artists who visited or lived in Algeria: Chassériau, Delacroix, etc., can be seen some major figures of French art of the time: Degas, Derain, Puvis de Chavannes, etc. www.louvre.fr

Until January 31
Piaf, A Parisian Kid
Hôtel de Ville; 29, rue de Rivoli, 75004
For the 40th anniversary of her death, this exhibition will highlight Edith Piaf's world through the emblematic venues she played in. Rare or previously unpublished photographs, posters, programmes, records, stage costumes and correspondence with the boxer Marcel Cerdan, among others.

Until February 9
Confucius 551-479
MUSÉE NATIONAL DES ARTS ASIATIQUES / MUSÉE GUIMET ; 6, place d'Iéna, 75116
One of the most important figures of Chinese culture, Confucius nonetheless remains an enigma for the Western public. Within the historical context, this was a time when the central government of the Zhou was in decline and smaller emerging states were competing against each other both in riches and in war, so developing a courtly and chivalrous artistic style combining jewels and weapons. Then comes the man and his philosophy with collections kept at Qufu in Shandong, his birthplace, and in particular in the temple Kongzimiao which houses an amazing collection of bas-reliefs and stone steles. The rare books of Lun Yu, drawn up by his disciples, and his Conversations compiled in the 3rd century B.C., indicate the role of his work in the battle of ideas between schools that confronted each other in the bid for a maturity of language. The religious aspect of Confucianism is the subject of the last section: as in fact, from 478, the year after the master’s death, to the present day, Confucianism has wielded a real influence, reflected in the extensive collection of illustrations as well as in all the basic representations of the religion (statues, liturgical vases, musical instruments, etc.). www.rmn.fr/confucius



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