FLAX Project

LOST (in LA)

LOST (in LA) celebrated the “lost” history of radical creative dialogue between France and Los Angeles. Featuring a major installation of works by contemporary artists from both France and Los Angeles, the exhibition presented visitors with a visual and experiential narrative inspired by the hit television series “LOST.” LOST (in LA) weaved 40 artworks and an extraordinary venue into an intriguing adventure that seemed to transform for the audience during multiple viewings.

Visitors found themselves cast as characters in a fabulous drama that was 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 provided the perfect setting for the exhibition, 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.

The exhibition sought to make an important contribution to the current re-birth of L.A. as an international arts capital. Accompanied by innovative education and outreach activities, LOST (in LA) aimed to inspire a new generation of Angelenos to rediscover the vibrant multicultural patrimony of their city through the eyes of a select group of artists who are on the leading edge of the contemporary art community in France and the United States.

Through LOST (in LA), FLAX and the Department of Cultural Affairs invited every member of the diverse and complex local community—from artists and musicians in Los Feliz, to creative professionals in Hollywood, to children, teens and families in neighboring schools, and community centers—to experience artworks of internationally-recognized artists in their own backyard.

LOST (in LA) would not have been possible without the generous support and collaboration of both French and American institutions and individuals.


LOST (in LA) was 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.

The exhibition was made possible by generous support from The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation; GRoW Annenberg; the Institut français and the French Cultural Services in Los Angeles; Blake Byrne; Eva and Marc Stern; and Les Amis de LOST (in LA): Phil and Alyce de Toledo, William and Patricia Flumembaum, Homeira and Arnold Goldstein, Suzanne and David Johnson, Arthur W. Forney, Lycée International de Los Angeles, Robert and Ann Ronus, Louis Stern, Laurentius Harrer, Wesley and Morgan Phoa, Jerôme Sauvage, Anne Vandenabeele, Kelly and Jerry White, Todd and Tatiana James, and Sarah Lang. The exhibition was supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Generous in-kind support was provided by the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Moving Parts Inc. Additional support was provided by Petit Ermitage – A L’Ermitage Hotel, and GuestHaus Residency. Promotional support was provided by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA).  FLAUNT is the Official Media Partner of LOST (in LA).

LOST (in LA) was organized with the guest participation of the Marcel Duchamp Prize. The exhibition was an event of Ceci n’est pas…Art Between France & Los Angeles, a five-month program of French-American collaborations in contemporary art.

The publication was an issue of the Public Fiction quarterly journal acting as a catalogue for the exhibition.

Louis Roederer was the Official Champagne of LOST (in LA).



FLAX presents LOST (in LA) – Vincent Ganivet | Posted on January 11, 2013

LOST (in LA) – MOCAtv | Posted on December 12, 2012
Press Links
6.22.12 – EXPONAUTE – Le Palais de Tokyo vers un nouveau cap9.10.12 – FRANCE-AMÉRIQUE – FLAX de Los Angeles: un pont pour la création contemporaine
9.24.12 – THE ART NEWSPAPER – In The Frame: Get Lost in LA9.25.12 – ART INFO – Banksy Gets Miami Tribute, Art Stars Do “Lost”-Themed Show in L.A., and More10.16.12 – NEW YORK TIMES – Dynamic Wave of French Collectors10.19.12 – ECHOES OF FAME – LOST (in LA) a new exhibition in Los Angeles

10.24.12 – FRENCH MORNING – Quand des artistes français se perdent dans LA

10.26.12 – DOEASYART.COM – Daniel Dewar & Gregory Gicquel

11.20.12 – THE ART NEWSPAPER – LA says bienvenue to French artists

11.13.12 – FLASH ART – L.A. Talks: LOST (in LA)

11.15.12 – ART INFO – Paris Comes to L.A. for the Launch of Franco-American Arts Initiative “Ceci N’est Pas…”

11.24.12 – IKONO – French Artists get Lost in LA

11.27.12 -HUFFINGTON POST – On the Street Where You Live: This Artweek.LA (November 26, 2012)

11.28.12 – FRENCH A L.A CARTE – Ceci n’est pas… French Art and Culture in the Los Angeles Art Scene!

11.29.12 – FLAVORPILL – The France Los Angeles Exchange presents LOST (in LA)

11.29.12 – GUEST OF A GUEST – LAMAGA & FLAX  invite you to the opening of LOST (in LA)

11.29.12 – HOOP LA – LOST (in LA)

11.29.12 – HUFFINGTON POST – Bettina Korek: PLAN ForYourArt: November 29-December 5

11.29.12 – LOS ANGELES- I’M YOURS – LOST (in LA)

11.29.12 – WRECK THAT TAPE DECK – Opening: LOST (in LA) presented by FLAX France Los Angeles Exchange…

11.30.12 – ART INFO – LA Agenda: 10 Picks, Featuring Cambodian Shop Signs, John Cage, and LOST in LA

12.01.12 – MOCA NEWSLETTER – MOCA Promotes: Opening of LOST (in LA)

12.01.12 – ANGELENO – The French Connection

11.30.12 – THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – Don’t Miss: Dec. 1-7: Artists find ‘Lost’

11.30.12 – ART INFO – French and Los Angeles Art World Power Players Turn Out for Opening of “Lost (in L.A.)”

12.01.12 – LAist – Get Out: LOST (in LA), Unique LA and Christmas Tree Lightings

12.01.12 – REFINERY29 – Fans Of Lost, Modern Art, & Francophiles Must Hit This Trippy Exhibit!

12.01.12 – COUNSEL GENERAL OF FRANCE IN LA – Ambassador Delattre opens the exhibition Lost (in LA)

12.01.12 – LE BEN FRANKLIN POST – Exposition “LOST (in LA)” : des artistes repensent la série phare

12.01.12 – MODERN PAINTER – Q&A: Marc-Olivier Wahler

12.03.12 – ART DAILY – Major exhibition of international contemporary and modern art opens in Los Angeles

12.04.12 – EMBASSY OF FRANCE – For the private preview of the exhibition “Lost in LA”

12.05.12 – LA WEEKLY – Five Artsy Things to Do This Week, From Dream Drawings to a King Kong Mash-Up

12.05.12 – HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – How ABC’s ‘Lost’ Inspired a Contemporary Art Exhibition

12.06.12 – KCRW ART TALK-EDWARD GOLDMAN – The French are Coming: Lost (in LA)

12.10.12 – HUFFINGTON POST – ‘LOST (in LA),’ Curated By Marc-Olivier Wahler, Welcomes Parisian Art To LA

12.11.12 – ART INFO – Can Contemporary Art Rescue “Lost”? Curator Marc-Olivier Wahler Gives It a Try

12.12.12 – PHAIDON – ‘Lost’ TV series inspires new LA art show

12.13.12 – KCRW ART TALK – The French are Coming: LOST (in LA) Part 2

12.15.12 – DOEASYART.com – LOST IN LA at Barnsdall Arts Park

12.17.12 – WHITEWALL – Review: LOST (in LA)

12.17.12 – SOCIÉTÉ PERRIER – TV Show Inspires New Art Show ‘Lost in LA’

12.19.12 – ARTRIBUNE – Subsequently on Lost. Serie tv a Los Angeles

12.23.12 – ARTSLANT – Lost and Found

12.26.12 – LA TIMES – Review: Feeling a bit ‘Lost (in L.A.)’

1.3.13 – FLAUNT – Not All is Lost, but Much is

1.8.13 – ART FORUM – Critics’ Pick: ‘Lost (in L.A.)’

1.9.13 – LA TIMES – Puzzling anew over enigmatic artist Guy de Cointet

1.14.13 – ARTnews – Lost in LA: TV Show Inspires an Art Show

1.15.13 – WHITEWALL – Curator Q&A: Marc-Olivier Wahler on Why Themeless Exhibitions Work

1.17.13 – LE MONDE – LA, la cité des anges perdus

1.18.13 – ARTREVIEW – Lost (in LA)-Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, to 27 January

1.25.13 – C-MOSTER – Photo Diary: Lost in L.A.

1.30.13 – LA WEEKLY – Everything You Need to Know About the France-Los Angeles Art Mashup Taking Place Now

4.01.13 – ZEROdeux – Entretien avec Marc-Olivier Wahler

4.15.13 – M le magazine du Monde – Le L.A. confidentiel des plasticiens français

9.1.13 – PARIS, LA MAGAZINE – Lost in Los Angeles