Meeting with the French Artist ORLAN at the Art Academy

Meeting with the French Artist ORLAN at the Art Academy
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The public lecture “ORLAN about ORLAN”, a meeting with the legendary, controversial French artist ORLAN, will take place at the Art Academy of Latvia on the 6th of November at 4 p.m. The event is part of the “Riga 2014” Programme.

During the open lecture, ORLAN will speak about the credos of her art, analyse he most important works of the past several years, and inform about the recent project at the “Michel Rein” gallery in Paris – “Masques, Pekin Opera facing designs & réalité augmentée”. Simultaneous translation from French into Latvian will be provided during the event.

The meeting with ORLAN at the Art Academy of Latvia will mark the beginning of a series of events dedicated to the creative work of the artist, organised in collaboration with the French Institute in Latvia. From the 8th November to the 25th of January, 2015 the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design (Riga, Skārņu iela 10/20) will host the major “Riga 2014” exhibition “ORLAN – the Icon of the French Contemporary Art. Le plan du film and Other Scenarios”. 

The exhibition will be on view in not just the museum but also in various locations across the city, including in provocative posters and a special video performance during the “Staro Rīga” festival of light. The day the exhibition opens, public discussion “Art and Film” will take place at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design” at 3 p.m. ORLAN and film and art experts from France and Latvia will participate in the discussion, moderated by Arnis Rītups.

Exhibition “ORLAN – the Icon of the French Contemporary Art. Le plan du film and Other Scenarios” offers, for the first time in Latvia, the opportunity to meet one of the contemporary art icons, the French artist ORLAN. An artist whose work is always controversial and pushing the traditional boundaries: between classical art and technological innovation, academic values and elements of popular culture, the beautiful and the ugly, male and female perceptions, etc. The personality of ORLAN is always in the limelight, and it is through this publicity that the artist expresses her principles and strives to overcome violence, gender discrimination, masculine ideology, racism, xenophobia and other “roots of all evil”.

The exhibition is meant to prompt public debates and re-evaluation of values. The artist’s personality may help better understand the vast spectrum of contemporary art, make the Latvian audience look at life from a different vantage point, discover new emotions and feelings – and something completely new about contemporary art.

Admission to the event – free of charge! Seating is limited, therefore visitors are requested to register (indicating name and surname) by the 5th of November by writing to: inese.bauge@lma.lv.

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