Photo of the Week


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












Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Silent films from Switzerland?


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

Retail heaven
> You can buy just about anything at the century-old Foire de Paris, a gigantic pop-up store. Porte de Versailles, Paris. April 27-May 8.

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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What's New in Paris: Louvre Lens, TNT TV Channels, Louvre Fundraising

Paris Update What’s New in Paris

Louvre Lens:
the Louvre’s first satellite museum opened to the public today in the northern industrial town of Lens. Designed by Japanese firm SANAA, the

Paris Update Louvre Lens

The Louvre-Lens. Photo: © Hisao Suzuki

building has a low profile and glass walls. A number of the Paris Louvres masterpieces have been lent for the opening, including Delacroixs “Liberty Leading the People” and Leonardos “The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne,” which features in the kickoff exhibition “Renaissance: Revolutions In the Arts in Europe 1400-1530” (through March 11). 

TNT: Six new free TV channels went on the air today in France: HD1 (fiction), RMC Découverte (documentaries), Numéro 23 (diversity), 6ter (family-oriented), Chérie 25 (women) and L'Equipe 21 (sports).

Tous Mécènes: The Louvre is trying to raise €800,000 to acquire a recently discovered pair of exquisite 13th-century ivory statuettes to complete the group “Descent from the Cross,” five of which are already in the museum's collection. Click on the link to find out more and make a donation.