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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : LACMA : Ahmanson Building – Art and Objects

Today we arrive at LACMA’s Ahmanson Building – Art & Objects, in Los Angeles, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

The Ahmanson Foundation has been associated with LACMA since around 1972, when it began its gifting program. Since then, the foundation has funded several of the museum’s art purchases, especially in the European Old Masters category.  Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the LACMA in Los Angeles, do not miss these!

1. Galatea Vase, circa 1695, by Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi 
2. Potpourri, circa 1873, by Elkington and Co. 
3. The Disillusioned One, 1892, by Ferdinand Hodler 

Image courtesy for artworks : LACMA

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • Over the years, the Ahmanson Foundation has donated several noteworthy works to LACMA. The works are by artists including Rembrandt, Bernini and many more Old Masters.
  • Donations from the Ahmanson Foundation have helped shape the collection of the museum over the years. It has been a long association, which has arguably put LACMA on the map as an international-level museum.

Update 2020-2021

LACMA’s announcement to restructure resulted in the Ahmanson Foundation severing ties with the museum completely. Not only would there be no Ahmanson building, but the paintings donated over the years would not even be on permanent display. This resulted in the foundation finally deciding that it would no longer be associated with LACMA. Foundation president William Ahmanson announced this decision in between 2019-2020.

In an interview about LACMA’s new structure, Ahmanson told The Art Newspaper :

“I’m disappointed because the new building does nothing for future growth and it’s going to limit how we collect as well as those who may want to donate collections.”


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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