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The Eiffel Tower seen from the recently renovated Musée de l'Homme. © Paris Update


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“Tianwu” by Ai Weiwei. © Gabriel de la Chapelle.jpg,

Ai Weiwei, the superstar Chinese artist and courageous activist, left China and moved to Berlin following the return last year of his passport, taken from him when he was jailed by the Chinese authorities for three months in 2011. His newfound freedom of movement seems to have lightened his spirit, judging by an exhibition called “Er Xi” (“Child’s Play”) at Paris’s oldest department store, Le Bon Marché. In most of the artist’s conceptual work, beauty takes a backseat to a political message, so the splendor of these enchanting figures floating like clouds in the the store’s atrium come as a surprise. Made of bamboo and white silk using kite-making techniques, these creatures and chimeras represent two dozen characters from the ancient collection of children’s tales, Shan Hai Jing (The Classic of Mountains and Seas). The exhibition continues in the store’s display windows and gallery. Through Feb. 20. Heidi Ellison


Paris Update This Week’s Events

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100% Doc
> All about documentary films: screenings, talks, workshops and online offerings. Forum des Images, Paris, through July 31.

Festival Au Fil des Voix
> World music artists from Portugal, Argentina, Reunion Island, Mongolia and more. Alhambra and Studio de l'Hermitage, Paris, Feb. 4-15.

Fête du Graphisme
> Graphic arts festival, various events, including a free outdoor exhibition of designers' posters on the Champs-Elysées. Various locations, Paris, through Feb. 16.

Gérard Depardieu
> Retrospective of the films of the great French actor. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Feb. 27.

Ice-Skating Rinks
> Where to ice skate in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower (through Feb. 15).

Im Kwon-taek
> Retrospective of the work of the prolific Korean filmmaker. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Feb. 29.

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité?
> Festival of films that put the French motto into question. Forum des Images, Paris, through Feb. 28.

My French Film Festival
> Online festival of subtitled French features and shorts. Free streaming. Through Feb. 18.

Paris Face Caché
> Visits to hidden or little-known places in Paris, various locations, reservation required, Feb. 5-7.

Salon Rétromobile
> Vintage car show with some 500 classics. Porte de Versailles, Paris, Feb. 3-7.

> Retail sales all over France: through Feb. 16.

Touche Française
> Seven concerts of French music, with Thomas Fersen, Miossec, a tribute to Les Rita Mitsouko and more. Théâtre du Rond Point, Paris, Feb. 4-6.

VIA Design
> Exhibition of 14 prototypes by young designers. Gallerie ViA, Paris, through March 4.


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