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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : LACMA : Pavilion for Japanese Art

Today we arrive at the LACMA Pavilion for Japanese Art, in Los Angeles for our Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

The LACMA’s Japanese Pavilion was opened in 1998. The building, which today houses countless artefacts from the far east, was constructed by famed architect Bruce Goff. Owing to its contemporary architecture, the Japanese pavilion stands out against the more traditional main buildings of the Museum. Presented here are our top three must-see objects from this collection. Next time you visit LACMA, do not miss these!

1. Baku: Monster who eats Nightmares, 18th century by Gechū
2. Plates of 12 Lunar months, 18th century by Ogata Kenzan
3. Fukurokuju: God of wisdom, 18th century by Unknown

Image courtesy for artworks : LACMA

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • The Los Angeles County Museum of Art houses an impressive collection. It has over 150,000 objects from around the globe. With its wide variety of artefacts, the museum sheds light on the rich histories and diverse cultures from varied of the world.
  • LACMA was founded in the late 20th century. It has since gained widespread reputation as one of the top museums in America. And indeed, the world.
  • Ingeniously, Bruce Goff snuck in some elements of Japanese culture in to his design for Japanese Pavilion. A roof resembling that of an ancient temple. The symbol of the lotus, the translucent panels, are all an ode to the millions of years of history housed within.
  • Some of the first artefacts to have entered the LACMA’s Japanese collection were bequeathed by Joe Prince and his wife Etsuko Yoshimochi. The couple had collected over 300 scrolls. These were given to the museum in 1983. Along with this, they also made a sizeable donation of $5 million for the museum to set up what today is recognised as the LACMA’s Japanese Pavilion.

A Final Thought

This wing of the LACMA is truly a gem – a tour of Japan through the ages, taken in the heart of California, USA. Block prints from the Edo Period, paintings and prints from the Meiji period are just a few of the treasures waiting to be discovered within these walls. Breath taking kimonos and textiles, Japanese weaponry and Buddhist ritualistic sculptures. The museum provides a variety of artefacts for the keen viewer.


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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