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The view from the Théâtre de l"Odéon at dusk. Photo: Françoise Deberdt-Meunier

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Left Bank gallery crawl
> Open house at 50 galleries for Art Saint Germain des Prés. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Gold in galleries

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“Passage” ((2017), by Aude Herlédan. At 1831 Art Gallery during Carré Rive Gauche.

> The Carré Rive Gauche, an association of Left Bank galleries, celebrates its 40th anniversary with an event called ExtrORdinaire, featuring gold in works of art. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Literary evening
> The Nuit de la Littérature in Belleville and Ménilmontant presents 20 foreign authors reading their work in French. Various venues, Paris, May 27.

 English-language theater festival
> Paris Fringe returns for its second year of English-language theater and comedy. Various venues, Paris, May 18-28.

Hollywood glam
> Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich and more in classic films from Hollywood's Golden Age for the Glamour cycle. Forum des Images, Paris, May 3-31.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Etienne Comar’s Django, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, May 26.

Virtual reality
> Drop in on Saturday or Sunday from 2pm to 8pm for a free virtual trip at the VR Express festival. Forum des Images, Paris, through June 30.

Dance in historic sites
> Monuments en Mouvement offers free dance performances in national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and châteaux. Various locations, through Oct. 21.

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, through May 28.

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Art - Temporary Exhibitions

 

Cher(e)s Ami(e)s

That's What
Friends Are For

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“Cold Wind Sphere” (2012), by Olafur Eliasson. © Olafur Eliasson © Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, 2016 

The new rehang of the Centre Pompidou’s contemporary collection, “Cher(e)s Ami(e)s” pays tribute to the museum’s “friends,” those who have donated works during the past five years, whether patrons or the artists themselves. It’s a disparate group of pieces, with some dull entries mixed in with a good number of outstanding ones, making it well worth a visit, especially because it includes a number of lesser-known artists from all parts of the world.

The most spectacular work has to be “Cold Wind Sphere” (2012) by Olafur Eliasson, the current king of lighting effects. Installed in its own room, this hanging sphere of stainless steel rods, glass, mirrors and colored filters casts fascinating, colorful shadows around the room from the light of a single bulb. Nearby is another room-filling light piece by one of the pioneers of this type of art: François Morellet. “Pier and Ocean” (2014), made in collaboration with Tadashi Kawamata, consists of 38 neon tubes artfully arranged around the room that subtle change their intensity at varied intervals.

I was intrigued by a near-abstract two-dimensional piece, “Christine,” by Lebanese artist Huguette Caland (1995), representing three nude women in a sort of patchwork of textiles. She’s an artist I would like to learn more about.

In the design section, one large room was filled with incredibly delicate and beautiful constructions by architect and designer Junya Ishigami. Made to explore ideas for architectural projects, each one is a work of art in itself, thought-provoking and with a touch of humor. “Horizontal Bridge,” for example, imagines a bridge that stretches around the entire world without piles, supported only by axial force, while “Mountains” is a reflection on building a mountain as a way to think about architecture on another scale.

Another room full of works by designer Marcel Wanders, which also come with a good dose of humor, features such notable pieces as the golden “Bon Bon Chair,” the “Carbon Balloon Chair” and the “Crochet Table.”

There isn’t much in the way of painting, but my friend and I were both struck by the accomplished technique, dreamlike atmosphere and strong colors of “Pie Fight Interior 11” (2014) by Adrian Ghenie, in which the artist mixes references, taking inspiration for the female figure from a Three Stooges film and for the interior from a postcard of Hitler’s Reich Chancellery.

I also liked a four-part abstract mostly black-and-white work with discreet touches of color that I took to be by Christopher Wool. A glance

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“Untitled” (2012), by Josh Smith. © Droits réservés © Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, 2016

at the label showed that I was close: the mixed media work, “Untitled” (2012) was by Wool’s former assistant, Josh Smith.

Have a wander around and find your own favorites; there’s something for everyone here.

Heidi Ellison

Centre Pompidou: 19, rue Beaubourg, 75004 Paris. Tel.: 01 44 78 12 33. Open 11am-9pm. Closed Tuesday. Métro: Rambuteau. Admission: €14. www.centrepompidou.fr

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