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Left to right: Eiffel Tower, Louvre Pyramid, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Ferris Wheel. © Paris Update

 

Paris Update This Week’s Events

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Drawing through the ages

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"Apples" (1944), by Henri Matisse. Eric Coatalem Gallery.

> Salon du Dessin: 39 galleries showing works on paper, from Old Masters to contemporary. Palais Brogniart, Paris, March 22-27.

Contemporary drawing fair
> Drawing Now: 73 galleries, Carreau du Temple, Paris, March 23-26.

More contemporary drawings
>Ddessin: 20 galleries. Atelier Richelieu, Paris, March 24-26.

Art and design fair
> PAD (Paris Art + Design),
67 galleries, Tuileries Garden, Paris, March 22-26.

African culture festival
> The 100% Afriques festival showcases dance, theater, music, fashion, design, art, food and more from all over the continent. La Villette, Paris, March 23-May 28.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Audrey Dana's Si j'Étais un Homme, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, Feb. 24.

Documentary film festival
> Cinéma du Réel showcases documentaries from around the world. Various venues, Paris, March 24-April 2.

Suburban blues
> The Banlieues Bleues festival brings major French and international jazz acts to the Paris suburbs. Various venues, through March 31.

Before and after ecological disaster
> The Chic Planète festival presents two types of films, those celebrating the bounty of the earth and science-fiction views of what will happen after an ecopalypse. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 13.

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GOOD IMPRESSION

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The new Impressionist gallery at the Musée d'Orsay. © Musée d'Orsay/Sophie-Boegly


The spacious, newly renovated Impressionist gallery at the Musée d’Orsay is a huge improvement over the old one. The paintings pop out dramatically and glow with color thanks to the dark-hued walls and special lighting, with natural light coming in from overhead. At 3pm the other day, it was possible to get up-close and personal with the paintings in spite of a good number of visitors, but the sleek new solid-glass benches were roped off like works of art because of “stability problems.” The Post-Impressionist galleries downstairs are rather more cramped. The museum’s new signage is much better, although still a little confusing. For a glimpse of the new café and the rest of the spiffed up museum, see the video below. Heidi Ellison