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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


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“Tianwu” by Ai Weiwei. © Gabriel de la Chapelle.jpg,

Ai Weiwei, the superstar Chinese artist and courageous activist, left China and moved to Berlin following the return last year of his passport, taken from him when he was jailed by the Chinese authorities for three months in 2011. His newfound freedom of movement seems to have lightened his spirit, judging by an exhibition called “Er Xi” (“Child’s Play”) at Paris’s oldest department store, Le Bon Marché. In most of the artist’s conceptual work, beauty takes a backseat to a political message, so the splendor of these enchanting figures floating like clouds in the the store’s atrium come as a surprise. Made of bamboo and white silk using kite-making techniques, these creatures and chimeras represent two dozen characters from the ancient collection of children’s tales, Shan Hai Jing (The Classic of Mountains and Seas). The exhibition continues in the store’s display windows and gallery. Through Feb. 20. Heidi Ellison