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L'Art de Manger-- Rites et Traditions---in Paris till July 12

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This has nothing to do with restaurants, but rather with an exhibit at the Musee Dapper, a small museum in Paris for African art (in this case, also including the South Pacific). It's on Ave. Victor Hugo just off the Etoile, and had been on my list for years, but this was my first visit.

The exhibition displays objects connected to food cults, which range from happy rice-strewing festivals to eating the animal which represents an ancestor to getting some of your late enemy's strength by eating a bit of him. Almost every work is stunning or powerful or both, and almost everything has religious significance, which this week in particular gives one to think. Wall notes only in French, but they are not too complicated for a translation app.

There's another off-the-beaten-track museum not far away, the Musee d'Ennery. A tiny 19th c mansion on the Avenue Foch built for a wealthy writer and his wife; she was a voracious collector of Chinese and Japanese art and turned half her house over to displaying it. There's case after case of netsuke, which I didn't know I was interested in till I came here. Also many larger objects. She had a taste for the bizarre rather than the classic.

You can arrange a visit through the Musee Guimet, but there are very few spaces and it fills up fast.

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