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The Louvre lights up. © Paris Update


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 - Temporary Exhibitions


Paris Update Art Notes



Top: Facade frieze with decorated skull. Bottom: Female figure with spread legs. © Linden-Museum Stuttgart, photos Ursula Didoni

Only two weeks left to see a spectacular exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly: “Sepik: Arts of Papua New Guinea” (through Jan. 31). The surprising and fascinating objects are beautifully displayed and arranged according to the way they were used by the inhabitants of the valley of the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea, whether used by men or women, or for everyday activities or major rituals. With 230 objects from the museum’s own collection and 18 other museums, it offers a comprehensive look at this society where anything and everything was sculpted, engraved or painted with animal or human figures or abstract patterns. It is easy to see why the Surrealists were inspired by the skill, creativity and imaginary world of the makers of these crocodile-shaped dugouts, sculpted household and ceremonial hooks, masks, decorated human skulls (of enemies or revered ancestors) and much more. Try not to miss this exciting exhibition. Heidi Ellison