Ceci n’est pas… is a 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, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the participation of many local institutions.
Ceci n’est pas… will begin on December 1, 2012 with the opening of the exhibition LOST IN LA, organized by the FLAX Foundation and will continue for 5 months, ending in April 2013. It will gather more than 30 Franco-American collaborations that are being prepared by art centers, museums, art schools and non-profit organizations in Los Angeles, covering a large spectrum of contemporary creation, from sculpture to performance, and from architecture to video.
In 2006, The Centre Pompidou proposed the exhibition, “Los Angeles, 1955-1985, Birth of an artistic capital”. 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.
The intersections between the two cultures are numerous, from the influence of artists like Marcel Duchamp, Niki de Saint-Phalle or Yves Klein on Californian artists to the ties forged between the professionals themselves: in museums, in galleries, in universities. There is also a desire of French artists to come to Los Angeles to work with Angeleno artists and the city’s institutions.