The New LACMA: Learn to Love It Because It’s Happening

Exterior view southwest from Hancock Park, Pavilion for Japanese Art on the far right. Rendering of David Geffen Galleries at LACMA. (Courtesy Atelier Peter Zumthor/The Boundary)
A California museum building designed by Peter Zumthor will be elegant, but will the Old Masters languish in storage?  

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he biggest cultural news in Los Angeles, aside from high culture’s deep freeze during the COVID crisis, is the demolition of the old Los Angeles County Museum of Art buildings and the construction of a new museum now estimated to cost $650 million. I wrote about this project in 2019, endorsing it with a raft of reservations and doing so in variance with the Los Angeles art establishment, which liked the project until it decided to hate it.

Now that four old museum buildings have been demolished and the new LACMA is a construction site, there’s no going back. With a

(Courtesy Atelier Peter Zumthor/The Boundary)

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