2014 / LACMA / Pavilion for Japanese Art: Paintings in Celebration of Twenty-Five Years / April 26 opening

 

LACMA Okyo Screen Crane

Maruyama Okyo “Cranes” 1772. (detail) Collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Pavilion for Japanese Art: Paintings in Celebration of Twenty-Five Years

April 26 – June 22

Pavilion for Japanese Art, East Wing

This exhibition of paintings from the museum’s collection of Japanese art celebrates the 25th anniversary of architect Bruce Goff’s Pavilion for Japanese Art.

Goff initially conceived of a space designed to meet the unique viewing requirements of traditional Japanese hanging scrolls and folding screens. The intention was to devise a space where works would be exhibited under natural light, with each displayed in its own tokonoma, or alcove.

The exterior walls of the Pavilion are made of Kalwall, a translucent material that permits light to enter a room in much the same way a shoji screen does. The gentle, spiraling ramp and petal-like viewing platforms give the viewer a sense of climbing through a garden.

The Pavilion for Japanese Art remains a destination site for Los Angeles residents and visitors. Since the buildings opening in 1988, nearly twenty folding screens and over 150 hanging scrolls have been added to the museum’s collection of Japanese paintings. Some of the curator’s favorite paintings are featured in this exhibition

Los Angeles County Museum of Art is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036.  www.lacma.org

Museum hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 11 am – 5 pm; Friday, 11 am – 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm; Closed Wednesday. For further information about Japanese art exhibition at LACMA, call (323) 857-6565.

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