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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 - Museums


Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine

Architecture Housed in New Building

The model for Christian de Portzamparc's Cidade da Musica Roberto Marinho, currently being built near Rio de Janeiro. © Atelier Christian de Portzamparc
The model for Christian de Portzamparc's Cidade da Musica Roberto Marinho, currently being built near Rio de Janeiro. © Atelier Christian de Portzamparc

After squatting the Palais de la Porte Dorée for some time, the formerly homeless Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine is now more comfortably installed on the other side of Paris in the Palais de Chaillot.

To inaugurate this impressive new home for its temporary galleries last March, the Cité put
together an equally impressive exhibition, “Portzamparc: Rever la Ville,” set up in a grand gallery of exposed stone with a round-vaulted ceiling.

Here, for once, is an architecture museum that makes architecture accessible and fully enjoyable to non-specialists.

The Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine incorporates a number of previously separate entities: the Institut Français de l’Architecture, the Musée des Monuments Français (which reopened in September with an additional gallery presenting French architecture from 1850 to the present), the Ecole de Chaillot for postgraduate studies (and now, courses in architectural history for the public), and a library and documentation center.

Heidi Ellison

Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine: Palais de Chaillot, 1, place du Trocadéro, 75016 Paris. Métro: Trocadéro. Tel.: 01 58 51 52 00. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Tuesday.

© 2007 Paris Update

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