Art of Dennis Hopper gets Paris salute

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"Dennis Hopper et Le Nouvel Hollywood," a retrospective of the actor-director-painter-photographer's work, opened Monday at the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris.

The exhibition, which runs through January, will feature 70 pieces from Hopper's personal collection, including works done by Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, David Salle and Ed Ruscha, as well as some of his own artistic work.

Hopper's photographs of the burgeoning '60s postmodern art scene, rare film footage, video extracts and paintings will be on display, many of them leaving Hopper's Venice, Calif., home for the first time.

Schnabel, Jane Birkin, Charlotte Rampling, Wim Wenders, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Mathieu Kassovitz, Mathieu Amalric and Sandrine Bonnaire were expected to attend the opening-night event.

Before the exhibit's opening, Hopper received the prestigious Commandeur des arts et des lettres award for his "significant contributions to the arts." Jack Nicholson, Robert de Niro and David Lynch have also won the award.

In addition to the exhibit, the Cinematheque will screen 50 Hopper films; "Out of the Blue" and "Back Track" will play opening night.
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