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Permanent Collection - Los Angeles County Museum of Art

African Art: The works in the collection include body adornments, masks with bright paint and raffia, small figures of wood and ivory, bronzes, beaded crowns, and stools.

Ancient Near Eastern Art: Objects in the collection include cylinder seals, pottery, bronze horse-trappings, silver vessels, and a group of massive Assyrian stone reliefs.

Art of the Ancient Americas: A significant portion of the collection, which was assembled by Proctor Stafford and acquired by the museum in 1986, represents the ceramic funerary offerings found in the tombs of the West Mexican states of Nayarit, Colima, and Jalisco.

Art of the United States: The collection is composed primarily of oil paintings, watercolors, and sculptures that date from the colonial period to World War II. In addition, the holdings include representational works created after 1940 by artists who came to prominence earlier.

Chinese Art: LACMA began to acquire Chinese art in the 1920s, from the 1960s onward, holdings expanded from a core of Chinese ceramics to include Chinese paintings, ancient bronzes, jades, lacquer, and furniture.

Contemporary Art: LACMA's collection of contemporary art contains almost two thousand works from across the Americas, Europe, and Asia, created between 1945 and the present. A diverse range of media and forms are represented, including painting and sculpture, installation and conceptual art, and video and film.

Costume and Textiles: LACMA has an encyclopedic collection of more than fifty thousand objects, representing more than one hundred cultures and two thousand years of human creativity in the textile arts.

Decorative Arts: The collection contains silver and other metalwork, ceramics, glass, and woodwork (mostly furniture). It is divided into European, American, and modern and contemporary works.

Egyptian Art: The approximately two thousand works of art in the museum's Egyptian collection present a broad overview of artistic production.

European Painting: The collection of European painting comprises works of art from the fourteenth through the early twentieth century. These works of art come primarily from Italy, France, Spain, the Low Countries (Holland and modern Belgium), Germany, Austria, England, and Switzerland. The followers of Caravaggio are well represented. The Ciechanowiecki Collection of French oil sketches is of particular interest.

European Sculpture: The collection is renowned for its variety of media: alabaster, bronze, terra-cotta, marble, wax, plaster, porcelain, wood, papier-mâché, limestone, and silver. In addition, there are about 1,300 medals and plaquettes.

German Expressionist Art (The Robert Gore Rifkind Center): The core of the collection is in the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies.
Greek and Roman Art.
The collection is comprised of vases, sculptures, metalwork, and glass. Many of these were part of the famous 18th-century collection of Thomas Hope and were donated by William Randolph Hearst.

Islamic Art: LACMA houses one of the most significant collections of Islamic art in the world. Comprising more than 1,700 works, these widely diverse arts, from an area extending from southern Spain to Central Asia, trace the distinctive visual imagination of Islamic artists over a period of 1,400 years.

Japanese Art: The Pavilion for Japanese Art is unique in America as a separate building dedicated to the display of Japanese Art within the complex of a large, encyclopedic museum. The Pavilion houses the museum’s collection of Japanese works dating from around 3000 B.C. to the twentieth century.

Korean Art: The Korean art collection was born with the donation of a group of Korean ceramics in 1966 by Park Chung-hee, then president of the Republic of Korea, after a visit to the museum. This fostered the eventual addition of Korean paintings as well as printed books. The collection was increased with a significant gift of Korean works of art donated by Chester Chang.

Latin American Art: Latin American Art Collection and Collection Highlights, coming soon!

Modern Art: LACMA’s collection of modern art includes more than250 works, mostly paintings and sculpture from Europe (including Russia), with additional pieces from the United States and Mexico. In addition, the collection includes important paintings and sculptures by Picasso, Matisse, Schwitters, Magritte, and numerous other modern masters.

Photography: The Photography department has a collection of approximately six thousand works. The collection maintains a primary emphasis on work produced internationally since 1940.

Prints and Drawings: The collection of prints and drawings focuses on works of art on paper by western European and American artists and comprises about thirty thousand items. Chronologically the works range from some of the earliest examples of printing in the fifteenth century to contemporary graphics; there is a special emphasis given to graphic works created since about 1960 by artists working in Southern California.

South and Southeast Asian Art: Includes art from Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. Bronze Age and Iron Age objects from the Dongson culture of Indonesia and Vietnam and the Ban Chiang culture of Thailand are on view along with Buddhist and Hindu sculpture from all periods and regions. The collection of Sri Lankan art is one of the largest and most comprehensive outside Asia. Art of the Himalayan countries of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan is also well represented.

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