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"Maison Fond," an installation by Leandro Erlich, in front of the Gare du Nord.


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The Chinese artist Jia Juanli has lived in Paris for the last 19 years, but her mind is decidedly elsewhere. An exhibition of her work, “A Painted Silence,” at the Chinese Cultural Center (1, bd de la Tour Maubourg, 75007 Paris, through Oct. 15), is set in a dream world invoking the lives of imperial women in their gardens and palaces. They dance amid a fluttering of herons or stand as willowy as orchid flowers. They fan themselves and comb their hair, but, above all, they dream. Her art is a pure fusion of Chinese classicism and French Impressionism, and her pallet and composition owe much to Bonnard, but where Bonnard’s work sometimes betrays an underlying anguish, the prevailing emotion in Jia’s work is a sort of peaceful melancholy. Brian Childs


Paris Update This Week’s Events

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Estival de Saint Germain-en-Laye
> Music festival featuring such francophone stars as Barbara Hendricks, Brigitte and Alexis HK. Various locations, Saint Germain-en-Laye, through Oct. 10.

Festival d’Automne
> Contemporary arts festival: dance, film, theater and more, various locations, Paris, through Dec. 31.

Festival de l'Imaginaire
> Music, dance, theater and ritual performances from around the world. Various locations, Paris, Oct. 8-Dec. 20.

Festival des Cinémas Différents
> Experimental movies by emerging filmmakers. Various location, Paris, through Oct. 18.

Festival d'Ile de France
> Concerts of classical, world, jazz and electronic music in various locations in Paris and other locations in the Ile de France, through Oct. 11.

Festival International des Jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire
> “Extraordinary Gardens, Collectors’ Gardens” is the theme of this year's popular garden festival in the park of the Château de Chaumont. Chaumont-sur-Loire, through Nov. 1.

Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre
> Montmartre celebrates its grape harvest with a parade, exhibitions, workshops, concerts, special menus in restaurants, wine tastings, fireworks and more. Various locations, Paris, through Oct.11.

Jazz sur Seine
> Jazz festival with concerts, showcases and master classes. Various locations, Paris, Oct. 9-24.

Oktoberfest à la Villette
> The famous German beer festival comes to Paris. Paris Event Center, Oct. 8-18.

> Outdoor exhibition of the work of 40 non-European photographers on the banks of the Seine. Promenade du Quai Branly, Paris, Through Nov. 22.


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