Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Interior View, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
© 2008 Museum Associates/LACMA

Interior View, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Exterior View, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
© Chris Burden Estate. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Gordon Family Foundation's gift to "Transformation: The LACMA Campaign"

Exterior View, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Chris Burden, Urban Light, 2008
Interior View, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
© 2008 Museum Associates/LACMA

Interior View, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Interior View, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
© 2010 Museum Associates/LACMA

Interior View, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Since its inception in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition to representing Los Angeles's uniquely diverse population. Today LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes more than 135,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art. Among the museum’s strengths are its holdings of Asian art; Latin American art, ranging from masterpieces from the Ancient Americas to works by leading Modern and contemporary artists; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world. A museum of international stature as well as a vital part of southern California, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programmes, and research facilities that attract over one million visitors annually, in addition to serving millions through digital initiatives such as online collections, scholarly catalogues and interactive engagement. LACMA is located in the 30-acre Hancock Park, which also contains the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and the forthcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Situated between the ocean and downtown, LACMA is at the heart of Los Angeles.


(Image: Chris Burden, Urban Light, 2008, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Gordon Family Foundation's gift to "Transformation: The LACMA Campaign" (M.2007.147.1-.202). © Chris Burden Estate. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA.)

Collection Highlights


Georges de la Tour

The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame

Thomas Eakins

Wrestlers
Jar

Antonio de Torres

Raising of the Cross (Elevación de la cruz)

Chris Burden

Urban Light
Los Angeles County Museum of Art : Collection Highlights

Georges de la Tour

The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame , c.1638-1640
oil on canvas, 117 cm x 91.76 cm
Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation. © Museum Associates/LACMA

Thomas Eakins

Wrestlers, 1899
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Cecile C. Bartman and The Cecile and Fred Bartman Foundation. © Museum Associates/LACMA
Jar, c.1700-1800
wheel-thrown stoneware with clear glaze (baekja ware), 31.75 cm x 35.56 cm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with Museum Funds. © Museum Associates/LACMA

Antonio de Torres

Raising of the Cross (Elevación de la cruz), 1718
oil on canvas, 170 cm x 211 cm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of the 2016 Collectors Committee, with additional funds provided by Kelvin Davis. © Museum Associates/LACMA

Chris Burden

Urban Light, 2008
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Gordon Family Foundation's gift to "Transformation: The LACMA Campaign." Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA. © Chris Burden Estate

Exhibitions


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Ancient Bodies: Archaeological Perspectives on Mesoamerican Figurines

1 Jul 2017 - 4 Feb 2018

​Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage

31 Jul 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

​Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz

6 Aug - 3 Dec 2017

​On the Move: A Century of Crossing Borders

19 Aug 2017 - 28 Jan 2018

Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld

20 Aug 2017 - 4 Feb 2018

A Universal History of Infamy

20 Aug 2017 - 19 Feb 2018

​​Atmosphere in Japanese Painting

14 Sep 2017 - 4 Feb 2018

​​Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985

17 Sep 2017 - 1 Apr 2018

A Tale of Two Persian Carpets (One by One): The Ardabil and Coronation Carpets

17 Sep 2017 - 8 Jul 2018

​Painted in Mexico, 1700-1790: Pinxit Mexici

19 Nov 2017 - 18 Mar 2018
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