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        The Exhibitions area of Paris Eiffel Tower News is the place to check on the many events which spice up Parisian life.

        Thanks to the graceful help of Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris Eiffel Tower News brings you the calendar of the exhibitions organized by the most prestigious museums.

        A word on the Réunion des Musées Nationaux. This institution was founded in 1895 to raise and administer the funds required for the acquisition of works of art by national collections. Today, the RMN collaborates with thirty three institutions of varying sizes. Its affiliated bodies include large institutions such as the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay and the château de Versailles; side by side with small museums such as the Musée Gustave Moreau in Paris or the Musée Magnin in Dijon; as well as intermediate sized establishments such as the Musée Picasso in Paris, the Musée de la Renaissance at the château d'Ecouen, or the Musée Message Biblique Marc Chagall in Nice. Of these thirty three national museums, twenty one are located in Paris or the surrounding area.

Jacques-Henri LARTIGUE exhibition: the album of a life.

        June 4 to September 22, 2003

          The photography of Lartigue (1894-1986)

           Lartigue snapped his first pictures at the age of six and spent the rest of his life chasing images, documenting reality and seizing fleeting moments for eternity. He waited, watched and photographed everything, reflecting most of the 20th century, always with the same desire to capture happy moments.

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Drawings by David Smith: A Selection by Alain Kirili

        18 March 2003 - 27 April 2003

        The Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris, is pleased to present the first major exhibition in France of drawings by one of the most important artists of the twentieth century: the American sculptor, painter and draftsman David Smith (1906-1965). Comprised of 71 works in ink and spray enamel on paper and canvas dating from 1951 to 1964, the exhibition illustrates Smith's dedication to drawing as an autonomous art form. "Drawing," he wrote, "is the most direct, closest to the true self [.] the life force of the artist." He also described it as "a fast moving search" that balanced the physical labor required to making his sculptures.

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Nicolas de Stael Exhibition

        12 March 2003 - 30 June 2003

        The Nicolas de Stael exhibition features almost 220 major works, including 135 paintings, 80 drawings, and illustrated books, prints and unpublished documents from public and private collections as well as the Pompidou Center.

        Among them are Composition (1949) -- which made the National Modern Art Museum one of the first museums to acquire a work by Nicolas de Stael -- and Les Toits ("Rooftops", 1952), which the artist donated the year he painted it....

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The Della Robbia Family
Enamelled Terracotta Sculptures from the Italian Renaissance

        11 December 2002 - 10 March 2003

        An exhibition designed by the Sculpture Department of the Louvre and organised by the Réunion des musées nationaux with the collaboration of the Musée National de Céramique Sèvres.

        The Della Robbia family was a family of sculptors who lived and worked in Florence in the time of the Medicis. The family made its name by developing enamelled terracotta as a sculptural medium, and long enjoyed a monopoly of the process. Many churches and monuments....

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Tibetan Rituals
The Secret Visions of the 5th Dalai Lama

        6 November 2002 - 24 February 2003

         The 5th Dalai Lama (1617-1682) was a major political and religious figure in Tibet's history.

        As the spiritual and temporal leader of the country, which was united under his authority from 1642, he was the real founder of the lamaistic theocracy and the most powerful Dalai Lama of all. An outstanding statesman, great administrator and builder, he was also a highly prolific writer and an outstanding spiritual master...

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Selection by Lucian Freud

        10 October 2002 - 13 January 2003

        Constable was born in 1776 in East Bergholt in Suffolk, about fifty kilometres from London, and spent most of his life in his native region - London, Salisbury and Brighton. A trip to the Lake District in Northern England was the only exception in a particularly sedentary life.

        He drew the subjects of his paintings from this area and a critic justly remarked that Constable's work reflected his exclusive passion for a few landscapes...

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        22 September 2002 - 6 January 2003

        "Everything that Matisse and I did at that time will have to be put side by side some day. Never has anybody looked more closely at Matisse's painting than I did then. And he looked just as closely at mine."

Pablo Picasso in Pierre Daix, Picasso Createur, Paris, 1987, p.74

        "Someone has just had the rare and startling idea of bringing together in a single exhibition the two most famous artists, who represent the two main, opposing trends in contemporary art...

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The Spanish Manner in the 19th Century

        September 17, 2002 - January 5, 2003
        (temporary exhibition gallery)

        Returning from a short stay in Madrid on September 14, 1865, Manet wrote to Baudelaire that Vélázquez "is the greatest painter there ever was". Fascinated by Spain, Manet wanted to judge for himself the artist’s work mostly exhibited at the royal museum in Madrid.

        Presented at the Musée d’Orsay and then at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the exhibition will show the evolution of 19th-century painting as the rules of academicism and technique derived from Raphael were progressively replaced by a freer style of painting, allowing for a better grasp on reality and an impression of life rendered by colour strokes...

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An Imaginative View of Port Royal
A Pictorial Circuit by Véronique Bigo

        23 May - 25 January 2003

        This exhibition offers an unusual view of the domain and the museum of Port Royal, seen through the eyes of a contemporary artist. It explores four major themes: nature, education, religion and Pascal.

        Born in Lille in 1946, Véronique Bigo has travelled widely, and lived for many years in Rome...

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