November 12 agenda: Salon d'Automne, an arts tradition in Paris

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Thursday's selection: an arts fair in Paris, a fashion and clothing award in Zurich, a forum on world heritage and more.

Salon d'Automne
November 12 - 16

The first ever Salon d'Automne was held in 1903 and was organized by four famous French artists; André Derain, Henri Matisse, Albert Marquet and Georges Rouault. In 2009 the Salon d'Automne continues the tradition of showcasing expressive art indicative of art movements taking place in the contemporary 21st century. Over 450 artists and exhibitors from around the world will display paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, photography, mural art design, books, videos, installations, performance art and digital art works at the 2009 event.

NARS Cosmetics celebrates 15th anniversary
November 12

The brand will fete its 15 years with a new book full of glossy pictures and beauty secrets.

Swiss Textiles Award
November 12

Worth €100,000, the Swiss Textiles Award (on the occasion of the Stella Contemporary Fashion Award) is one of the world's best-endowed fashion prizes for young designers. This year's nominees are Erdem, Alexis Mabille, Ohne Titel, Thakoon, Peter Pilotto, and Alexander Wang.

2nd World Heritage Travel Expo
November 12-14
The theme this year at this Chinese Government-backed event is "Conservation, Development, Promotion and Communication'' and more than 300 representatives from World Heritage destinations and attractions will gather to promote and discuss their industry. It will be run concurrently with the 2nd International Leisure Travel, Tourism Commodities & Gift Trade Fair.