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LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA)

The largest encyclopedic art museum in the western US, Los Angeles County Museum of Art was founded in 1910 and moved to its present home in 1965. Its vast collection features art from Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. There is a lively schedule of concerts, lectures, and film screenings, too. In 2010, the Resnick Pavilion was added, a vast open-plan space designed by Renzo Piano that houses rotating exhibitions.

NEED TO KNOW

prac_info 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Midtown • 323-857-6000 • www.lacma.orgOpen 11am–5pm Mon, Tue, & Thu, 11am–8pm Fri, 10am–7pm Sat & Sun • Adm adults $25; seniors & students $21; free for under-17s; extra charge for special exhibits

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  • The LACMA Café serves light meals and refreshments. Ray’s and Stark Bar offer farm-to-table dining experience.
  • Free films, Sundays Live musical concerts and free Jazz concerts on Fridays are offered at different times of the year. Check website.
  • Major upgrades to the museum are scheduled. Check website for details.
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Floor plan of LACMA

1. European Painting and Sculpture

A collection of works by Flemish and Dutch masters and French Impressionists, including Monet’s In the Woods at Giverny.

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An exhibit at the European Painting and Scultpure

2. Ancient and Islamic Art

LACMA’s Art of the Ancient World collection spans more than 4,000 years and features horse trappings, stone reliefs, and pottery. The renowned Islamic Art section covers a wide range of art forms.

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A Pottery Exhibit from the Art of the Ancient World collection

3. American Art

This collection offers a survey of American art from the 1700s to the 1940s. Among the highlights are works by late 19th-century figurative artists such as Winslow Homer. Other works include paintings by George Bellows and Mary Cassatt, specifically Mother About to Wash her Sleepy Child.

4. Photography and Prints and Drawings

LACMA’s photography collection focuses on images produced in the last 60 years, whereas the Prints and Drawings exhibition displays art from the 15th century to the present day.

5. Decorative Arts and Design

This area has European and American decorative design from the Middle Ages to today. The Palevsky Arts and Crafts collection is superb.

6. South and Southeast Asian Art

This collection is one of the world’s finest, with sculpture, watercolors, illustrated manuscripts, ritual art, and coins from the 11th to the 20th century. Among the highlights are Indian art and sculpture.

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A statue from the South and Southeast Asian Art collection

7. Japanese Art

The Pavilion for Japanese Art is the only building outside Japan devoted to its art. It is closed for retrofitting and will reopen in mid-2020.

8. Chinese and Korean Art

The largest space devoted to Korean art outside of South Korea has work from the 5th to the 20th century. Chinese works include ceramics, paintings, and bronzes.

9. Latin American Art

These galleries feature ancient American, Spanish colonial, contemporary, and modern works. Key pieces range from Mayan works and art by, Orozco, Wifredo Lam, and Torres-Garcia.

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A painting from the Latin American Art gallery

10. Modern and Contemporary Art

Matisse, Picasso, and Magritte are among the artists represented in the Modern Art section. The collection here spans from 1945 to now and ranges from paintings to video installations.

GALLERY GUIDE

European painting and sculpture, modern art and art of the Pacific are in the Ahmanson Building. The Hammer Building houses Chinese and Korean art, the LACMA store and Children’s gallery. The Japanese Art Pavilion is another attraction. The Art of the Americas building is open for research purposes (by appointment). The Broad and Resnick buildings house special exhibitions..

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