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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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ART TREASURE TREKS

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Two-thirds of the Red team in front of “Eve after the Fall” (1869), by Eugène Delaplanche.

A great way to get museum-averse kids (or adults) to take an art trek is to turn a visit into a treasure hunt. All the preparatory work for the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay has been done by Daisy de Plume, founder of THAT (stands for “Treasure Hunt at ...”), who took a group of us on a sample tour of the Musée d’Orsay the other day. We were split into two teams, the Reds and the Pinks. After reading us the rules – no cheating by checking Wikipedia on cellphones or asking guides for directions; proof of success had to be provided by a photo of two team members in front of the work in question; etc. – de Plume let us loose on our own in the museum with a list of works (with photos and descriptions), which we had to find within a given time. Each one was worth a certain number of points, but more points could be scored by carefully reading the informative text about each work – 50 extra points for being photographed making a frog face in front of “Frog-Man” by Jean Carriès, for example. We Reds were a lackadaisical group, I’m afraid, and spent more time chatting than searching, so we lost out badly to the Pinks, but we did learn quite a lot along the way – that the aforementioned Carriès, for example, may have been high on morphine when he created his “bizarre hybrid man-amphibian sculptures.” The research that has gone into these art treasure tours, which encourage close looking, is impressive. I recommend it as a way to get a good overview of a museum without being overwhelmed by it and to learn something at the same time while keeping the little ones entertained. Heidi Ellison