December 4 agenda: Masterpieces from the Orsay Museum start their world tour

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Friday's selection: a traveling exhibit from the Paris Musée d'Orsay on tour in Australia, the Marrakech film festival opens in Morocco, the LA Auto Show, among other events.

Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay in Australia
December 4 - April 5, 2010
Canberra, Australia

The Post-Impressionist section of Paris's Musée d'Orsay starts an international tour in December in Canberra (Australia), under the name of Masterpieces from Paris, due to renovations in the Paris museum. Australian visitors will be able to enjoy works by Monet, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, Vuillard, Bonnard... 114 paintings in total that represent an exceptional loan. The show will later go to Tokyo and San Francisco.

Marrakech Film Festival

December 4-12
Marrakech, Morocco

The ninth edition of the Marrakech Film Festival in Morocco will welcome the Iranian director who won the Cannes Palme d'or in 1997, Abbas Kiarostami, as president of the jury. Every year, Marrakech honors the films from a specific country - Egypt in 2007 and Britain in 2008; this year Korean films will be feted as "one of the most dynamic in the world" according to the organizers.

Los Angeles Auto Show general opening
December 4-13
Los Angeles, USA

One of the world's most important auto events, the 2008 version displayed 23 world debuts, the most in the exhibition's history. The list of world and North American debuts for this year is still being finalized but the latest Ford Fiesta, which has topped the bestseller list in Europe this year, will no doubt make a big splash. General admission for the public begins December 4. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $8 for seniors over 65 and free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult.

American Institute of Architects Gold Medal winner announced
December 4 2009
New York, USA

The institute's highest honor - and one of the country's most prestigious architecture awards together with the Pritzker Prize - will be handed out on December 4. Previous winners include Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, and Frank Gehry.