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The view from the Théâtre de l"Odéon at dusk. Photo: Françoise Deberdt-Meunier

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Left Bank gallery crawl
> Open house at 50 galleries for Art Saint Germain des Prés. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Gold in galleries

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“Passage” ((2017), by Aude Herlédan. At 1831 Art Gallery during Carré Rive Gauche.

> The Carré Rive Gauche, an association of Left Bank galleries, celebrates its 40th anniversary with an event called ExtrORdinaire, featuring gold in works of art. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Literary evening
> The Nuit de la Littérature in Belleville and Ménilmontant presents 20 foreign authors reading their work in French. Various venues, Paris, May 27.

 English-language theater festival
> Paris Fringe returns for its second year of English-language theater and comedy. Various venues, Paris, May 18-28.

Hollywood glam
> Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich and more in classic films from Hollywood's Golden Age for the Glamour cycle. Forum des Images, Paris, May 3-31.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Etienne Comar’s Django, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, May 26.

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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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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