It’s hard to believe that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), currently home to some 100,000 pieces of art from all over the world, once had to borrow its entire art collection during their first inauguration. LACMA has certainly come a long way. From being originally part of the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art in Exposition Park, the museum now boasts of a seven-building complex exclusively dedicated to art situated in the Miracle Mile vicinity of Los Angeles.
The County Museum of Art is home to an extensive collection of world art. You could say that you can trace the entire history of art just by going through LACMA’s impressive collection of past and present artworks. Where else can one find pre-Columbian works displayed side by side with works from contemporary masters like Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Jose Clemente Orozco? Asian art, Latin American art, and Islamic art are just some of the museum’s popular collections.
The collected artworks of LACAMA are spread out among the museum’s buildings as follows:
- The Ahmanson Building contains the Modern Art, African, German Expressionist, Greek, and Roman art collections, including Tony Smith’s sculpture “Smoke” at the base of the building’s staircase.
- The Art of Americas Building contains the pre-Columbian, Latin American, American collection.
- The Hammer Building has the Chinese and Korean works on display.
- The Pavilion for Japanese Art includes Shin’enkan collection and various other art pieces.
- The Broad Contemporary Art Museum or BCAM houses the Contemporary Art collection of the museum.
Pick your favorite exhibit, from the extensive collection or discover new and intriguing pieces from a country you’ve been dying to visit. With museum’s vast collection of world art, learning about different cultures might not seem like a farfetched idea after all.