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Humor on the hoardings spotted before the first round of the French elections: “John Goodman (Jean Gentilhomme) for President,” the candidate of the “Nice Peoples' Party. That would make a change. © Paris Update

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Silent films from Switzerland?

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> They’re rare, but they do exist and can be seen at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Paris, through May 2.

Voices from the North
> The Pølar Festival celebrates Northern European culture with films, concerts, talks and more. Various locations, Paris, through April 29.

Photo walk
> Eight Paris galleries hold special photography shows and events for Parcours Fotofever. Various locations, Paris, through May 1.

Photo shows galore
> Le Mois de la Photo has been moved from autumn to spring, with 96 exhibitions taking place all over the greater Paris area. See Web site for locations and dates.

Art videos
> The theme of this year’s Videobox Festival is “noise and movement.” Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 27-29.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Nicolas Boukhrief’s La Confession, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, April 28.

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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Grenier des Grands-Augustins

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GOOD-BYE GRENIER?

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One of the most magical places in Paris, the Grenier des Grands-Augustins, is being threatened with closure. Picasso lived and worked in this attic atelier in a 17th-century Left Bank building from 1936 to 1955 and painted his antiwar masterpiece “Guernica” there. Actor Jean-Louis Barrault, star of Marcel Carné’s Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) rehearsed there with his first theater company. Balzac’s short story “Le Chef-d’œuvre Inconnu,” about 17th-century painters Nicolas Poussin and François Porbus, was set in the building and was later illustrated by Picasso himself in an edition published by art dealer Ambroise Vollard. And the nine-year-old Louis XIII was crowned king of France in the building an hour after his father, Henri IV, was assassinated in 1610.

Since 2002, the Comité National pour l’Education Artistique, a nonprofit association that promotes art education for children, has been granted the free use of this beautiful space for its classes. It restored the atelier and uses it for free exhibitions and concerts, thus opening it regularly to the public. Now the building’s owners, the Chambre des Huissiers de Justice de Paris, is threatening to evict the CNEA, even though the association has found an angel willing to take on the lease: one of Picasso’s descendants. The case goes before the court today. We will keep you posted. Heidi Ellison

Update, July 12, 2014: Apparently the CNEA has been thrown out, but the studio has been classified as a historical monument. The case will go to court in September. The CNEA is constructing a new Web site, since its original one seems to have been pirated.