Lost in L.A.
Palais de Tokyo expands globally, France Los Angeles eXchange (FLAX) mounts large installation: Lost In LA

Exhibition Presents French Contemporary Art within a Los Angeles Narrative

LOST in LA, the premiere exhibition presented by FLAX (France Los Angeles eXchange) in partnership with the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), will feature a major installation of works by contemporary artists from both France and Los Angeles. The exhibition will present visitors with a visual and experiential narrative inspired by the hit television series “LOST.”

LOST in LA will weave 40 artworks and an extraordinary venue into an intriguing adventure that will ask and answer questions at the same time; will provide clues throughout the installation; and will seem to transform for the audience during multiple viewings.

“When FLAX came to me with the concept of a joint exhibition, we sought to find a way to combine France’s deep connection with the Contemporary Art movement and Los Angeles’ roots in compelling storytelling. I am proud to say that with LOST in LA we have surpassed our original expectations and that Marc-Olivier Wahler has created something truly special, said Jean de Loisy, Palais de Tokyo President and Director.

Visitors to LOST in LA will find themselves cast as characters in a fabulous drama that is played out in the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery (LAMAG ) and in the gardens at Barnsdall Park, a 36-acre former private estate and artists’ colony situated on a hilltop in the heart of the Los Feliz neighborhood in Los Angeles. Long regarded as one of Hollywood’s most creative, diverse, and accessible communities, this historic location provides the perfect setting for LOST in LA, with its majesty and beauty becoming as much a part of the exhibition as the island did on the series that inspired the style of the exhibition’s narrative. LOST in LA is the largest, most significant exhibition of works by contemporary artists from France ever presented in the United States. It will invite patrons to discover the lost history of radical exchange between artists from France and Los Angeles and to participate in the re-birth of Los Angeles as an artistic capital.

LOST in LA will be on view at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, 90027, from November 29, 2012 to January 27, 2013. This exhibition will be free and open to the public.

LOST in LA sera ouverte au public gratuitement dans la Los Angeles Municipal Gallery et les jardins de Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, du 29 novembre 2012 au 27 janvier 2013.

FLAX (France Los Angeles eXchange) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2006, FLAX works to facilitate cultural exchange between Los Angeles and France through public and cultural events in Southern California. Recognizing and reinforcing the crucial links between these two cultural epicenters, FLAX works closely with local organizations, pooling private and corporate resources to foster cultural dialogue between French and American people in the United States.

DCA (the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs) generates and supports high quality arts and cultural experiences for Los Angeles’ 4 million residents and 26 million annual visitors. DCA advances the social and economic impact of the arts and ensures access to diverse and enriching cultural activities through grant making, marketing, public art, community arts programming, arts education, and partnerships with artists and arts and cultural organizations in neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles.