Modern Art Collection has modern touches in its new home: Larchmont Chronicle



FRANC GEHRY designed the new exhibition space located on the top floor of BCAM.

An audio tour that tells the story of a Picasso lover in his youth and a piece of ragtime from the 1920s are just a click away from a smartphone in the new home of the museum’s permanent collection of modern art. Los Angeles County art.

Walk past the contactless doors to enter the bright, completely modern galleries filled with 250 works of art on the third floor of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) at LACMA. The exhibit, which opened on June 13, is an extensive historical tour starting before WWI.

Works by 200 artists are represented in the exhibition space designed by Frank Gehry. Works range from Matisse’s painting, “The” (1919), to bold mid-century pieces by Rothko and Pollock. A room is devoted to paintings and sculptures by Picasso.

WORK BY Picasso occupies an entire room in the new gallery.

“This is Picasso’s largest exhibition west of Manhattan,” said senior curator and head of LACMA’s modern art department, Stephanie Barron, during the audio tour – one of six audio tours themes of the exhibition. Post-war women artists and stories of migration and displacement are among other themes.

The Picasso Tour, activated via your phone app by a QR code on the gallery walls, tells the story of Picasso’s life and work, including his subjects, by describing several of the 21 works in the room dedicated to the artist. Spanish origin.

Musical soundtracks can also be heard throughout the exhibition via your smartphone. In the German Expressionist Gallery, a composition by Schoenberg accompanies a painting by Wassily Kandinsky. Marlene Dietrich singing “Wenn die beste Freundin” takes you back to a swinging Berlin cabaret posted on a lithograph by Jeanne Mammen.

TEA BY HENRI MATISSE reflects the artist’s interest in African art, represented by the masked face of his daughter, Marguerite, at right.

A section called Made in France features works primarily from Paris – the epicenter of the Avant-Garde from 1880 to 1930, Barron tells us during a brief stroll through the exhibition.

The “Portrait of Negro” by San Francisco artist Miki Hayakawa (1924) is accompanied by a ragtime piece that was popular at the time. The artist was a Japanese emigrant and at the start of World War II spent time in an internment camp, we learn.

The Surrealism and North American and Latin American galleries include works by Georgia O’Keeffe and Diego Rivera, as well as “This is Not a Pipe” by Magritte – “one of our best known works” , said Barron.

Abstract Expressionists in the collection include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Ruth Asawa; Pop Art and Southern California Assemblage styles are represented by Roy Lichtenstein, Judy Chicago and Kienholz, among others.

WOMAN WITH GROCERY by Jacob Lawrence, 1942.

Open a door to enter “Central Meridian”, also known by its other name, “The Garage”, 1981, which is after the modern era, but an interesting journey. Crickets chirp in this immersive recreation of a garage with a parked car and a moose head.

Each of the galleries includes new interpretive wall texts with recent scholarship information and issues of provenance engagement, colonialism, and socio-political topics.

“It’s years in the making,” Barron said of the show.

In 2018, the collection was removed from its old home in the Ahmanson Building, which was demolished to prepare for a new museum at LACMA being built beyond the plaza east of BCAM. Purchase timed tickets in advance at LACMA is at 5905 Wilshire Blvd.

Key words: BCAM, Broad Contemporar Art Museum, Frank Gehry, LACMA, Los Angeles County Mesuem of Art, Matisse, Picasso

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