France Pavilion, a curated selling exhibition of French contemporary art, is coming to Raleigh from February 9 to 12. For this edition, international France Pavilion curator Sebastien Laboureau has selected a mix of world-acclaimed and emerging French contemporary artists who have never exhibited in Raleigh. While the list of artists is still being finalized, the current line-up includes:
· Richard Orlinski, one of the world's best-selling sculptors;
· Joelle Kem Lika, who recently exhibited at Saatchi Gallery;
· Maurice Renoma, the fashion icon;
· Capucine Safir and Erick Artick who both exhibited in Miami during Art Basel Week; and
· Emerging artists Cedrik Cavallier and Lo Breillat
France Pavilion has previously been hosted in New York City, Miami and Washington DC. Raleigh was selected for the fourth event due to the city’s strong ties with France and the strong French-American friendship. Many people are unaware that one of Raleigh’s sister city is Compiegne, France. In partnership with the Consul General of France to the US Southeast Louis de Corail, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane will open the VIP portion of the France Pavilion event. France Pavilion has also partnered with the American Friends du Château de Compiegne, a nonprofit organization originally based in North Carolina, with the goal of promoting an appreciation of French history and culture through the study of, and support for, the Château de Compiegne in France.
The event is free to attend and open to the public. Thursday, Feb. 9 has been deemed a “school day” and children from local schools have been invited to attend and learn more about how to understand art. On Sunday, Feb. 12, the event will have kids workshops where children can learn about art from some of the artists themselves.