Ceci n’est pas… French Art and Culture in the Los Angeles Art Scene!

 Ceci n’est pas… French Art and Culture in the Los Angeles Art Scene! 

Ceci n’est pas…  Art Between France and Los Angeles is finally here!  A much talked about and long awaited  project initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States in association with the Institut Français, with the support of the Alliance Française of Los Angeles, and the participation of many other local institutions. It is an unprecedented and diverse five-months series of Franco-American contemporary art collaborations starting December 2012 through April 2013.


Michel Blazy – Fontaine de mousse, 2007 / Exhibition view Post Patman, Palais de Tokyo / Paris Photo: Marc Domage

How did this project come about?  Ceci n’est pas…  was inspired  by  The Centre Pompidou who pioneered the exhibition Los Angeles, 1955-1985, Birth of an Artistic Capital in 2006.  Building on this large exhibition, through the existing references to French art and culture in the Los Angeles art scene, it became pertinent to highlight the ties between France and the City of Angels, which has since become a true cultural capital of the world!

Bringing French artists to Los Angeles to collaborate with Angeleno artists and the city’s institutions, Ceci n’est pas… will gather more than 30  Franco-American collaborations, cultural institutions and projects and include over one hundred artists!  It will  take place in public and non-profit spaces, galleries, museums, art fairs, and universities all over Los Angeles covering a large spectrum of contemporary creation:  architecture, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, and video.

Ceci n’est pas…  opens on December 1, 2012 with its first exposition  LOST IN LA, organized by the FLAX Foundation  (French Los Angeles eXchange)  and Le Palais de Tokyo. It will  bring together about  60 exceptional works by established and emerging artists from France and Los Angeles in a groundbreaking new exhibition project curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler.

The project is presented free to the public from December 1, 2012 through January 27, 2013, at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

Stay-tuned for all the other upcoming event dates  from December throughout April 2013 by checking the Ceci n’est pas… website!

Related articles:

Ceci n’est pas…Brings Together Art France and LA (www.frenchculture.org)

Consul France Los Angeles ( www.consulfrance-losangeles.org)

LA Says Bienvenue to French Artists (www.theartnewspaper.com)

French Artists Get Lost in LA (www.ikono.org)

Le Flax de Los Angeles  (www.france-amerique.com)

Projets hors les murs  (www.palaisdetokyo.com)

Quand des artistes français se perdent dans LA (www.frenchmorning.com/la)

Lost in LA a New Exhibition in Los Angeles ( http://www.echoesoffame.com)

Be Art !  (www.beartprize.com)

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