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The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA

Jun 09Sep 15, 2013

  • William L. Pereira and Associates, architects. Photo © 2013 Museum Associates/LACMA, photographic archives

    Aerial view of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, c. 1965. William L. Pereira and Associates, architects. Photo © 2013 Museum Associates/LACMA, photographic archives

  • Howard Ball, sculptor. Photo © 2013  Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Museum Archives

    Installation of a mammoth sculpture, La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles, 1968. Howard Ball, sculptor. Photo © 2013 Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Museum Archives

  • Bruce A. Goff, Architect. Bruce A. Goff Archive, Ryerson and Burnham Archive, The Art Institute of Chicago. Digital File # 199001.LACMA_rend1 © The Art Institute of Chicago. Reproduction © The Art Institute of Chicago

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pavilion for Japanese Art, Los Angeles, CA, 1978. Bruce A. Goff, Architect. Bruce A. Goff Archive, Ryerson and Burnham Archive, The Art Institute of Chicago. Digital File # 199001.LACMA_rend1 © The Art Institute of Chicago. Reproduction © The Art Institute of Chicago

  • Photo: Margherita Spiluttini. © Margherita Spiluttini

    Therme Vals, Vals, Switzerland by Peter Zumthor, 1997. Photo: Margherita Spiluttini. © Margherita Spiluttini

LACMA examines its own building history and the complicated relationship between the museum’s campus and its Hancock Park site as a lens through which to understand critical episodes in modern architecture and urban planning in Los Angeles.  Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has been commissioned to rethink the east campus and will present a concept that provides new insight into the meaning and function of an encyclopedic museum.

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