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Left to right: Eiffel Tower, Louvre Pyramid, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Ferris Wheel. © Paris Update

 

Paris Update This Week’s Events

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Drawing through the ages

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"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.

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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