Los Angeles has some top-class art museums that boast some of the most renowned art collections in the world. It is here in Los Angeles that you have the opportunity to experience pieces of art from some of the most powerful artists in history, as well as hugely influential pieces from some of the finest modern artists in the world.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
LACMA has over 100,000 art displays, meaning that you could easily spend the whole day there and still not have taken everything in. However, if you find yourself pressed for time, the Frank Gehry exhibit is definitely a must-see, and is on until March 2016. This Los Angeles architect is considered to be revolutionary with his innovative lideas and design process, and the exhibit displays an extraordinary body of work that has, mostly, not yet been seen by the public. With over 200 drawings and 65 models, this exhibit will enable you to get into the mind of one of LA’s most revered architects.
Norton Simon Museum
The Norton Simon Museum is known worldwide for housing one of the most impressive private collections of art ever seen. The museum is home to over 12,000 objects – 1000 of which are on permanent display and the rest rotated through two temporary exhibition rooms. The Modern and Contemporary Art Exhibit at the Norton Simon Museum is an extremely inspiring one, with some of its permanent displays including works by Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera and Henri Matisse. Pieces by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein represent the pop art movement, and you will also find some fantastic examples of Californian art dating from the 1950’s to the 1970’s.
The Broad features a collection of artwork that represents the major ideas and forces that have shaped the art world since the mid-20th century. The museum’s Inaugural Exhibit displays a chronological collection of masterpieces from The Broad’s collection, with works by artists such as Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami. One of the most popular installations in the exhibit is Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room, which consists of a small chamber house completely lined with mirrors and lit up with a sparkling LED light display that seems almost endless. This experiential piece of art is only open to one visitor at a time, with each visitor being allocated roughly 45 seconds to experience the work. To ensure that you are able to see this installation, you are able to input your phone number into a tablet at the entrance, and you will receive a text message when it is your turn to view the piece.
Los Angeles is, without a doubt, a world-class art destination, and, as you can see, boasts an impressive array of exhibits. The majority of LA’s art museums and galleries feature temporary exhibits alongside their permanent ones, meaning that you are likely to be able to experience new pieces of work each time you visit.