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The view from the Théâtre de l"Odéon at dusk. Photo: Françoise Deberdt-Meunier

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Left Bank gallery crawl
> Open house at 50 galleries for Art Saint Germain des Prés. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Gold in galleries

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“Passage” ((2017), by Aude Herlédan. At 1831 Art Gallery during Carré Rive Gauche.

> The Carré Rive Gauche, an association of Left Bank galleries, celebrates its 40th anniversary with an event called ExtrORdinaire, featuring gold in works of art. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Literary evening
> The Nuit de la Littérature in Belleville and Ménilmontant presents 20 foreign authors reading their work in French. Various venues, Paris, May 27.

 English-language theater festival
> Paris Fringe returns for its second year of English-language theater and comedy. Various venues, Paris, May 18-28.

Hollywood glam
> Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich and more in classic films from Hollywood's Golden Age for the Glamour cycle. Forum des Images, Paris, May 3-31.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Etienne Comar’s Django, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, May 26.

Virtual reality
> Drop in on Saturday or Sunday from 2pm to 8pm for a free virtual trip at the VR Express festival. Forum des Images, Paris, through June 30.

Dance in historic sites
> Monuments en Mouvement offers free dance performances in national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and châteaux. Various locations, through Oct. 21.

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, through May 28.

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Art - Flash News

 

Giverny Bedroom Restored

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MONET SLEPT HERE

Paris Update Giverny Monet bedroom before

Paris Update Giverny Monet bedroom after

Monet’s bedroom before and after the restoration.

Even in their wildest dreams, most art lovers can’t imagine sleeping surrounded by the works of Cézanne, Manet, Signac, Caillebotte, Morisot, Jongkind, Boudin, Delacroix and other great 19th-century painters. Such works were the last thing Claude Monet feasted his eyes on every night before he nodded off, and now the bedroom in the house in Giverny where he lived for 43 years and tended his famous garden has been restored. To give us an accurate idea of the wealth of art that once hung in the room and the adjoining bathroom, copies of the paintings have been made (which, alas, lack the power of the originals) and hung where they were during the master’s life. Some original pieces of furniture – including an imposing Louis XV/XVI secretary – have also been restored. The most humble piece in the room is Monet’s surprisingly small bed, from which he could see his garden when he awoke at dawn, before taking a cold bath. Head gardener James Priest, an Englishman, and his 10 assistants continue to improve the grounds so that “visitors will feel like they are in a painting by Monet.” Heidi Ellison