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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 Exhibition Notes

17TH-CENTURY GENIUS ON SHOW

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Portrait of Pascal (1677-81) by Jean Domat.

“Pascal, le Cœur et la Raison,” at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (François Mitterrand), may not be the sexiest exhibition currently on show in Paris, but it is definitely worth visiting before it closes on Jan. 29. Devoted to the mathematician, scientist, polemicist and religious philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-62), this intelligently curated display covers all aspects of this remarkable man’s life and is dominated, as one might expect, by books and manuscripts. As a specialist in Pascal, I was particularly thrilled to see the original manuscript of his unfinished masterpiece, the Pensées, but there is also a wealth of other material, including portraits, paintings, etchings on religious subjects by Rembrandt (somewhat irrelevantly), brilliant interactive exhibits and one of the actual calculating machines invented by Pascal,

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The "Pascaline" calculating machine.

together with a fascinating video demonstration of how the machine works. Unfortunately, the exhibition caters only to French speakers; anglophones with little or no French will struggle with it. The show’s catalogue, by the way, is excellent. Nick Hammond