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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 - 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


“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.

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