Opening speech: Ceci n’est pas…
Speech for the Opening of "Ceci n’est pas…"
Dear Friends of Arts and friends of France,
Ladies and gentlemen
I am very happy to welcome you tonight to the kick off reception of Ceci n’est pas… Art between France and Los Angeles.
Many of you are part of this season and so know much better than me what “Ceci n’est pas” really is, but briefly :
5 months long ;
More than 30 projects ;
40 institutions involved ;
70 events to be presented;
And more than 100 participating artists…
During the upcoming 5 months, Angelenos and French not only artists, but art patrons, students, professors, curators, art critics, gallerists, art lovers, Francophiles, Europeans inspired by the California dream… yes, to sum up, all of you and many more, will come together to celebrate the artistic dialogue that has been linking our two countries for years.
The creative connection between France and Los Angeles, dating back to the days of Marcel Duchamp or Guy de Cointet, never stopped and is still very vivid.
That is the reason why, the cultural services in Los Angeles in cooperation with the Institut français and in partnership with Alliance française de Los Angeles did created Ceci n’est pas…
Our aim is not to put in place a single exhibition but an umbrella event for all the fantastic projects that are being created.
And in the living room is a sculpture for Lost in LA. It is a new way of communicating : the cube will travael throughout LA : Watts Tower, Union Station, City Hall, Venice beach. It will itself get lost in LA and a new audience will access a brand new content about French culture.
As the whole season, we hope it will foster dialogue, provoke interaction, sparkle exchanges.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Ceci n’est pas… could not happen without you, your dedication, your talent and your passion.
I would like to thank you all individually but please let me pay a special tribute to FLAX, to you Elisabeth, for creating the amazing exhibition Lost in LA, which is the first exhibition of Ceci n’est pas, curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler. We can’t wait for the opening on December 1st at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery.
I also want to thank here our dear dear Olga Garay-English, Head of the department of cultural affairs of the city of LA for her longstanding commitment to French culture.
Egalement, I would like to thank our essential partner : Alliance française of LA, and her president Nicole Montgomery, for all the work you put into Ceci n’est pas.
Enjoy your evening and stay tuned to the dedicated website for more.
Welcome to Ceci n’est pas…!