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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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CROWN JEWELS OR FANCY MINERALS?

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The Minerology Museum and some royal emeralds.

The best of what’s left of the French Crown Jewels – most of which were sold off by the Third Republic in the late 19th century to mark the end of empire – can be seen in the Louvre, but some of them were distributed to two other French museums: the National Museum of Natural History and the Musée de Minéralogie (60, boulevard Saint Michel, 75006 Paris). The latter, hidden away in the Ecole des Mines (France’s elite engineering school), has created a new display for its royal gems. Visitors who expect elaborate crowns, necklaces, etc. (those can be found at the Louvre) will be disappointed: the Minerology Museum’s beautifully cut amethysts, topazes and emeralds have lost their settings and are displayed on their own. Never mind, this wonderfully old-fashioned and more-or-less forgotten museum offers a nostalgic journey back to school trips with its wood-and-glass cases filled with marvelous rocks. Heidi Ellison