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Bicycles in a Parisian courtyard. © Paris Update

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Stick up for science
> The Paris March for Science begins at 1pm at the Jardin des Plantes (Place Valhubert), April 22.

Silent films from Switzerland?
> They’re rare, but they do exist and can be seen at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Paris, April 20-May 2.

Voices from the North
> The Pølar Festival celebrates Northern European culture with films, concerts, talks and more. Various locations, Paris, April 19-29.

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.

Take home a winemaker
> Winemakers from Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux come to Paris to offer tastings of their products in wine bars and private homes for the event J’Irai Déguster chez Vous. Various venues, Paris, April 20-22.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Nicolas Bedos’s Monsieur & Madame Adelman preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, April 21.

Polaroid pix
> The “Expolaroid” exhibition features Polaroid images by nine artists. La Maison des Ensembles, Paris, through April 25.

Binge-watching
> Festival Séries Mania shows TV series from around the world and holds debates, conferences and special guests like Julianna Margulies of “The Good Wife,” all for free. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 23.

Travel yarns
> Travel fanatics get together at the Paris Travelers Festival to swap tales of their adventures. FIAP, Paris, April 22-23.

Street art indoors

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The gallery Art in the Game will be showing works by Felipe Pantone at the Urban Art Fair.> Some 30 galleries show street art at the Urban Art Fair. Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 20-23.

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.

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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Hotels - Flash News

 

Drawing Hotel

Drawing on 
Artistic Talent

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A room in the new Drawing Hotel. © Pierre Monetta

“Art” hotels abound these days, with rooms decorated by artists, rooms named after artists, etc., but the new Drawing Hotel in Paris’s first arrondissement takes the idea a step further.

Drawing – long neglected as the poor cousin of painting, has been back in the limelight lately, with lots of exhibitions, galleries and art fairs devoted to it popping up – and the Drawing Hotel not only has each of its six floors decorated by a talented artist, but also has a real exhibition space, the Drawing Lab, in its basement for regular contemporary drawing shows.

The current exhibition, “Strings” (through May 20, 2017) features the work of Keita Mori, who has literally strung the walls and ceiling of the

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Detail of Keita Mori’s “Bug Report” in the Drawing Lab gallery.

gallery with both abstract and realistic drawings made with threads. The nonprofit gallery’s three-month shows are free and open to the public. Like Mori, artists chosen for forthcoming shows will be have carte blanche to do what they will with the entire space.

The idea for both the hotel and the gallery came from Christine Phal, founder of the Drawing Now art fair, which takes place in March in Paris every year.

The hallway decoration on each floor is entirely different, depending on the style of the artist. On the fifth floor, for example, the floors, walls and ceilings of the hallway are covered with trompe l’œil molding and bookshelves drawn

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by Thomas Broomé; the forms are created by lettered titles of real books or the names of what they represent (“molding” for molding, “wall” for a wall, and so on).

My favorite was the third-floor hallway, hung

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with Clément Bagot’s brilliantly colored drawings, which at first glance look like starbursts or maps of the universe but on closer inspection resemble complex computer circuitry.

The rooms and suites are smallish but simply, comfortably and individually decorated, with splashes of bright color here and there, and

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discreet touches by the artists, usually on the bed’s headboard. Some have glass-walled bathrooms.

The hotel’s lobby shop is full of drawing materials, fine pens, clever objects like a cloth map of Paris that can be crumpled up and stuffed in a pocket rather than carefully folded, and many other unusual gift ideas.

Heidi Ellison

Drawing Hotel: 17, rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris. Métro: Pyramides or Palais Royal–Musée du Louvre. Tel.: 01 73 62 11 11. www.drawinghotel.com

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