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Paris Update This Week’s Events

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French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Hélène Angel's Primaire. Cinéma Le Brady, Paris, Feb. 24

Virtual reality on show
> Virtuality will host speakers and networking sessions on this hot topice. Centquatre, Paris, Feb. 24-26.

Contemporary textile art
>Miniartextil is an exhibition of new textiles from around the world. Le Beffroi, Montrouge, Feb. 22-March 19.

A barnyard in Paris

> The Salon International de l'Agriculture brings the best of the country's livestock and crops and the products made from them to Paris. Porte de Versailles, Paris, Feb. 25-March 5.

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, March 1-April 13.

Paris semi-marathon
> Starts and ends on the Esplanade du Château de Vincennes, March 5.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Matthew Lancit's Flâneurs (Street Rambles). Cinéma MacMahon, Paris, March 3.

Literary conversations
> The festival New Writings, New Styles brings well-known Irish and French writers together to discuss contemporary literature in the two countries. Irish Cultural Centre, Paris, March 3-4.

Indian film scene
> The festival India Express takes a tour of new and classic films focusing on the subcontinent’s major cities. Forum des Images, Paris, through Feb. 26.

Young European photographers
> The Festival Circulation(s) features emerging photographers. Centquatre, Paris, through March 5.

Frank Capra Retrospective
> The great American director in the spotlight. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Feb. 27.


Art - Flash News


Giverny Bedroom Restored

Paris Update Art Notes


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