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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

 

Paris Update Art Notes

INTERPRETING TRADITION

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A sculpture made from a tree trunk, by Pascal Oudet.

A small exhibition, “L’Empreinte du Geste” (through April 3), at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, part of the annual Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art (see “Events” below), celebrates the use of traditional crafts techniques by artists, with some impressive results. One of my favorites was “Anthropocene Cell,” a work by Romain Langlois and Éric Papon. It consists of a dead tree branch petrified through a process of calcification. A peek inside this humble leftover of nature reveals a surprise: its hollow interior is lined with luxurious polished bronze. Pascal Oudet also works with trees, creating delicate, lacy sculptures from thin slices of tree trunks, as does Bertrand Lacourt, who carves chunky chairs from whole trunks. Antoine Brodin makes hand-blown glass objects, which he glazes using a technique learned in Japan and gathers into sculptural installations. The public can met them and the other artists at a series of events associated with the show. Click here for more information. Free admission. Heidi Ellison