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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

"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.




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