Anyone who has seen the Louis Malle film Damage, which stars Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche, will remember the French actress' wooden performance. But she then went on to win awards for her role as army nurse Hanna in Anthony Minghella's The English Patient, so perhaps the Damage script (based on Josephine Hart's short story) was the cause of Binoche's lacklustre performance. Because - bad acting aside - the movie inspired many, including Hiram To, who is curating a photo-based exhibition at the Goethe-Institut on the theme of vanity and sacrifice. The show, which also features artists Kary Kwok, Vera Chan and Cheung King-hung, takes Malle's film as its point of departure. To says: 'In Chinese visual arts, there is a clear dividing line between tradition and the contemporary. There is no middle ground and there is no cross-over between different camps. In the movie, the father sacrifices his son for his own vanity. Our show reflects the conflict between traditions and the contemporary.' To says the exhibition is not about art per se, nor is it about cultural exchange or some modernist, technical exploration. 'It is very close to reality, questioning the whole premise of life. It should be very thought-provoking.' From July 21-Aug 7. Wurth Gallery, Goethe-Institut, Arts Centre. 10am-8pm Mon-Fri; 2pm-6pm Sat. Tel: 2802 0088. Feeling tense and stressed? Then you might want to spend a few quiet moments looking at a small but beautiful collection of Saint-Alban's oil paintings at the Master Paintings & Antiques Gallery. Saint-Albans is, says the gallery, the last living impressionist painter in France today; his oils on canvas are subdued in tone and peaceful in nature. The landscapes and scenes he paints (below) are of rural France - the forests, woods, trees, leaves, undergrowth, ponds and rivers - where the Parisian has travelled for many years. According to gallery general manager Carole Barot, the 72-year-old is still travelling around the country with his easel and paint brushes. 'And the faxes he send us are beautifully written in rhymes. He is such a poet.' Until August 30. 10am-6pm Mon-Fri; 11am-5pm Sat. Tel: 2580 2383.