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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : LACMA : Ahmanson Building – Modernism

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

The Ahmanson Foundation has historically been one of LACMA’s major donors. They are responsible for countless European masterpieces in the museum’s collection. Presented here are our top three must-see objects. Next time you visit the LACMA in Los Angeles, do not miss these!

1. Typewriter Eraser, 1970, by Claes Oldenburg
2. The Illegal Operation, 1962, by Edward Kienholz 
3. La Gerbe, 1953, Henri Matisse

Image courtesy for artworks : LACMA

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • In 2006, Michael Govan became the director of LACMA. He expressed plans of eventually demolishing the original structure of the museum and build one single building to house its permanent collection.
  • The Ahmanson Foundation was ensured, through written correspondence, that if such plans materialise, their collection will be given its rightful place within the new building.

Update 2019-2021

Despite Govan’s claims, between 2019 and 2020, the Ahmanson Foundation withdrew its funding towards LACMA. The reason cited by director William Ahmanson was that the museum had decided to finally go ahead with its plans to restructure. However, the foundation had not been intimated as to how their collection fit into LACMA’s new structure.

In early 2020, the core structure of the LACMA was demolished, to make way for its new single-building design, as proposed by Peter Zumthor.


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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