Los Angeles County Museum of Art Collection

Kobayashi Kiyochika; Warrior Taira-no-Tadanori about to Sleep under a Cherry Tree; Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is an encyclopedic visual arts museum with a collection of over 100,000 works. While LACMA's collections are comprehensive in scope, the museum does boast particular strengths in a number of areas, including the textile arts, Pre-Columbian art, Islamic art, and German Expressionist art. In addition to LACMA's general holdings in Asian art, a separate building, the Pavilion for Japanese Art, houses the museum's collection of Japanese works dating from c. 3000 B.C. to the 20th century. Selections from LACMA's collections are represented in Artstor with over 1000 images, with a special focus on Japanese works, whether decorative arts, prints, paintings, or sculpture.  

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art was established in 1910 as part of the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art. But, it was not until 1961 that LACMA became an independent art museum, focused on documenting the entire range of the history of art. The new museum opened in 1965 with three buildings designed by William Pereira: the Ahmanson Building for the permanent collection, the Hammer Building for special exhibitions, and the Bing Theater. In 2004, LACMA's board of directors approved plans to transform the physical plan of the museum, which had grown over time into a sprawling campus. Under the direction of architect Renzo Piano, the renovation campaign seeks to integrate the current buildings, as well as add exhibition galleries, public spaces, and a new building devoted to entirely to Contemporary art.