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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : LACMA : Ahmanson Building – Indian Artefacts

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

The Ahmanson building is named after Howard F. Ahmanson, a major donor and one of the founders of LACMA. 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. Bottle and Cap with European Heraldic Insignia, circa 1725-1750, India, by Unknown
2. Krishna’s Ball, circa 1875-1900, India, by Unknown
3. Shiva’s Family on Mount Kailash, 14th-15th century, India, by Unknown

Image courtesy for artworks : LACMA

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • Howard Ahmanson was a wealthy banker and supporter of the arts.
  • In 1952, he set up the Ahmanson Foundation which funded a lot of the LACMA’s art purchases.
  • Funds from the Ahmanson Foundation were largely used for procuring European Old Master paintings. Through these donations, it was ensured that the museum was able to purchase some of the best works from France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.
  • In total, it is believed that Ahmanson’s funds have helped purchase over a 100 Master paintings and about 15 sculptures.

Update : 2020 – 2021

In early 2020, the Ahmanson Foundation announced that it would no longer be funding LACMA’s art purchases. The reason cited was LACMA director Michael Govan’s new vision for the museum. Govan’s vision is to have a single building for the museum, as opposed to the 3 old buildings that existed since its inception. This new building is set to house the LACMA’s permanent collection. However, the collection will be displayed thematically in seasonal exhibitions. This means that only small chunks of the museum’s permanent collection will be on display at any given time. While curatorially this might seem interesting, it has left the Ahmanson Foundation furious. They feel they have purchased/ donated very expensive works which may never see the light of day again.


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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