Stuck for ideas for things to do this weekend in Paris, or just want to step slightly off the beaten track? Try these suggestions...
For those dreaming of becoming art collectors, but who lack the finances to do so, the Salon d'Art Abordable may offer a solution. Featuring the work of up-and-coming artists from many different disciplines, prices begin from around €150
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd
La Bellevilloise, 19-21, rue Boyer 75020, M°Gambetta, Menilmontant
La France en Relief
In the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, the French produced a series of relief maps of its fortified towns for military purposes. These very large-scale plans later passed into the hands of private collectors, but several of them have now been brought together for a unique exhibition at the Grnad Palais.
Until February 17th, Le Grand Palais, Avenue Winston-Churchill, 75008
More information can be found here.
28 cultural installations in towns across the Hauts de Seine department that neighbours Paris will be participating in a series of scientific events that produce some form of 'illusion'.
Click here to download a press dossier that gives full information on activities and participating sites.
Giant flowers in the Tuileries
Although the exhibition of the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the Centre Pompidou ended on January 9th, three of her works can still be seen in the Jardin des Tuileries. Baptised 'Flowers that bloom at midnight', these monumental creations add a big splash of colour to a park currently wearing its dark winter clothes!
Until March 1st
Jardin des Tuileries
Paris des Chefs
You know when an event is verging on the pretentious when you struggle to understand what the event actually is. Paris des Chefs is one of these, but even if it does turn out to be a graniloquent but slightly futile event, there will still be the recently refurbished Maison de la Mutualité to admire.
Labelled 'the festival for creative international culinary encounters' (no less), it aims to demonstrate the 'bridges emerging between the art of cooking and the differents fields of creation'. It's principal attraction during the three days of the event will be a series of 'duos', performed in the main auditorium, and featuring encounters between chefs and personalities from other disciplines including architecture, design, acting and music (for example, Anne-Sophie Pic and Carole Bouquet).
This being a culinary event though, there will of course be a number of stands offering tastings!
Note: the event begins on Sunday and runs until Tuesday.