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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s modern art collection returns on June 13 in a new presentation of 250 works by nearly 200 artists that offers fresh perspectives on the museum’s unparalleled holdings.
LACMA’s European and American Modern Art collection has particular strengths in German Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism and the art of Southern California. It also includes the renowned collection of Janice and Henri Lazarof, with especially fine holdings of work by Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti. Previously located in the Ahmanson Building, the collection will be installed in a new presentation suffused with natural light on Level 3 of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum.
The galleries have been redesigned in collaboration with Frank O. Gehry and Associates, and the presentation includes new interpretive texts, six thematic audio tours, a 30-minute film drawn from LACMA’s exhibition archives and a collection soundtrack. The new presentation is curated by Stephanie Barron, senior curator and department head of modern art, and Katia Zavistovski, assistant curator of modern art.
“This installation is an opportunity to rethink how we display our collection and bring together longtime favorites with works that have never been on view, and we have a rare chance to incorporate works from other departments while we are in the construction phase for the David Geffen Galleries,” Barron said. “I hope that the stories and connections between and among objects will offer new ways of thinking, informed by recent scholarship and discourse, about our modern art collection. … We are excited to introduce this reinterpretation of the collection during this time of cultural growth at LACMA and in the city of Los Angeles.”
“Many of our most-beloved modern art masterpieces are now in a fresh and beautiful context in BCAM – framed in Renzo Piano’s light-filled galleries, adjusted for this particular installation by Frank Gehry,” said Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. “But most importantly, Senior Curator of Modern Art Stephanie Barron has used her unique and intimate knowledge of our collections, along with new research and new acquisitions, to create an engaging new presentation with surprising ideas connecting mostly familiar works of art.”
LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd. For information about gallery hours and ticket reservations, visit lacma.org.
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