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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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Grenier des Grands-Augustins

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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.