RALEIGH -- A curated selling exhibition of French Contemporary art will be open in Raleigh from Thursday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 12 at Historic Market Hall, located at 215 Wolfe Street in Raleigh.
Exhibiting for the first time in Raleigh, the international France Pavilion curator Sebastien Laboureau has selected a mix of world-acclaimed and emerging French contemporary artists who have never exhibited in Raleigh. France Pavilion has partnered with the American Friends du Château de Compiegne, a North Carolina-based non-profit focused on promoting an appreciation of French history and culture through the study of, and support for, the Château de Compiegne in France.
The artist line-up will include:
- Richard Orlinski, one of the world's best-selling sculptors;
- Joelle Kem Lika, who recently exhibited at Saatchi Gallery;
- Maurice Renoma, the fashion icon;
- Raphaelle Ricol, Capucine Safir and Erick Artik, who exhibited in Miami during Art Basel Week; and
- Emerging artists Nadine Debien, Veronique Barrillot, Isa Sator, Lo Breillat and Cedrik Cavallier.
Offering free entry to the public, France Pavilion is open each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day (8 p.m. on Saturday). The exhibition includes a full educative program, art talks, meet the artist events and more. Highlights of the exhibition include:
- Thursday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: School Day
Students from the Wake County Public School System have been invited to attend and participate in workshops with artists who will teach them how to understand different types of art.
- Friday, Feb. 10: Art Talk Breakfast hosted by Curator Sebastien Laboureau
- Friday, Feb. 10, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.: VIP Reception
France Pavilion and American Friends du Chateau de Compiegne will host an invitation-only reception. Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Consul General of France to the U.S. Southeast, Louis de Corail, will be the guests of honor.
- Saturday, Feb. 11, “St Valentin” Wine Tasting
- Sunday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Family Day
Children will have the opportunity to participate in workshops which will allow them to create their own works of art in the style of France Pavilion artists
For more information about the event, including a full event schedule and list of exhibiting artists, visit their website.