Exhibitions

Until February 21st, the Grand Palais welcomes another edition of « Monumenta », the famous installations settling in the whole nave. This year’s artwork, entitled “Personnes”, has been imagined by Christian Boltanski to be a striking visual and sonorous experience. It leads to a social, religious and human thought on life, memory, death and the part of chance in one’s destiny.

The Centre Georges Pompidou invites you to discover Pierre Soulages with a retrospective of his works from 1946 until today. Soulages is considered as the most famous painter of the 20th century, with his original way of magnifying the light from the darkness. The exhibition presents his first painting on paper, masterpieces submerged with black acrylic, and its huge polyptics. Until March 8, 2010.

Until March 28th, 2010, the exhibition “Paris inondé en 1910” brings together an impressive collection of photographs, postcards, posters… These documents reflect the damage caused by repeated rains, and the significant media coverage of the disaster. At Galerie des Bibliothèques, 4th.

Opera

At the Opera Bastille, enjoy “Don Carlo“, Giuseppe Verdi’s noble musical composition. A fragile peace sealed between France and Spain due to the engagement of Elizabeth de Valois and the Infante Don Carlos has been broken the day the King of Spain, Philip II finally decided to marry… From February 11th, 2010.

Paris on ice

Celebrate the tradition of ice skating during winter and enjoy “Paris sur Glace”, at Hôtel de Ville and Gare Montparnasse where two large rinks have been set up. Free entrance, until March 6th, 2010.

Show

The Bouglione family’s new show keeps its promises, it will be «Festif»! The Cirque d’Hiver celebrates the 150th anniversary of the flying trapeze art. Marina Bouglione will perform her beautifully fluid aerial rope act, Elena and Elena will grace the air, dangerous flying trapeze will be performed by the Flying Stars, the Matadors will make you feel gipsy… A show to enjoy at all ages, until March 1st, 2010.

Restaurants

Non Solo Cucina: taste the cuisine of Giuseppe Messina in this new Sicilian restaurant with his butterfly pasta, pistachio and pancetta, dessert made of zucchini and goat cheese. It’s good and affordable! Count 30 to 50 Euro. 135, rue du Ranelagh, 16th. Tel: 01 45 27 99 93, closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Toyo: this new Japanese restaurant opened by the former private chef of the designer Kenzo offers a soup of whelks and Shimeji (mushrooms), a marinated turbot in konbu leaves and a revisited dessert: the Toyo cheesecake. An address for the happy few with a cuisine full of emotion and sensitivity. Count 50 to 100 Euro. 17, rue Jules-Chaplain, 6th. Tel: 01 43 54 28 03, closed on Sundays and Mondays.