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Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art or LACMA is one of the biggest museums in the western part ofthe United States. It is located at the Museum Row, where it is adjacent to two other museums, the La Brea Tar Pits and the George C. Page Museum.

In the recent years, the number of visitors has increased gaining 1.2 million visitors in 2012. This was the first time that the attendance reached the 1 million mark.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art houses more than 120,000 artworks. The works of art are collections that range from the ancient times up to the present. Aside from art exhibitions, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art also houses different films and concert series. This is no longer trivial considering that Los Angeles is the place of show business.

The establishment of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art started as a part of the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art in 1910. However, due to the donation of trustee Howard F. Ahmanson Sr. amounting to $2 million, he convinced the other board members of the museum to build and establish a new museum. This is to highlight specifically the arts without having to get mixed with the sciences. Having done all the preparation, in 1965, Los Angeles County Museum of Art was then built.

Since its opening, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has been renovated. This is to transform and give a new look to the museum as well as to give space to the additions of art works that need to be displayed. Aside from the new spaces for artworks, shops, restaurant, library and administrative have also been added in the expansion project.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has three buildings: the Bing Center, the Ahmanson Building and the Lytton Gallery. The latter’s name was changed in 1968, to Frances and Armand Hammer Building.

The collections that are on display in Los Angeles County Museum of Art are divided into categories. Perhaps, most of the cultures have been represented well because there is a fair share of space and spotlight given. The categories are as follows: the modern and contemporary art, American and Latin American art, Asian art; Greek, Etruscan and Roman art; decorative arts and design, permanent art installations, photography and film.

There are over a thousand of paintings that are displayed for viewing in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. These paintings are dated back from the 1300s up to present. Among the artists that their works are on display are Claude Monet, Roy Lichtenstein, Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso and many more.

Unlike the bigger museums in the United States, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has a lower funding budget. The museum is thriving in conducting programs and exhibitions to increase the attendance as well as its funding. Although, over the years, donations have poured in for the different projects in which the museum has intended to do.

Here you can find the official website of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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