3 Places to See World-Class Art in the Los Angeles Area
Artists of different genre and caliber flock to Hollywood from all over the world. This artistic melting pot has resulted in world-class art production. To enjoy some of the best art, visit one of these museums in the Los Angeles area.
- The J. Paul Getty Museum
- The Broad
- The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
With its two famous venues ― the Getty Villa and the Getty Center, the J. Paul Getty Museum strives to promote enjoyment, curiosity, and understanding of the visual arts. Its unique architectural and garden settings harbor art collections of exceptional quality and historical significance. To stay true to its mission of art conservation and popularization, the museum continues to acquire new pieces of art through purchases and gifts, creates public education programs, participates in scholarly research, and actively engages audiences in the performing arts.
The Getty Center in Los Angeles contains a large collection of European arts, such as paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, decorative arts, and photography. The Getty Villa in Malibu houses 44,000 works of art from antique Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The villa also serves as an educational center to study arts and ancient cultures.
All year, the museum hosts free talks with famous artists, thinkers, and scholars. It offers numerous art courses for adults and children. Its schedule is busy with classical and contemporary performances, films, and world music. Daily tours are available at both locations.
This contemporary art museum was founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. Offering free general admission, the museum holds one of the world’s most impressive collections of postwar and contemporary art consisting of more than 2,000 pieces.
The museum’s $140 million design is called “the veil and the vault.” Its 120,000 square feet feature two floors of gallery space, with storage (the vault) being an integral part of the museum experience. Visitors can peek into the vault through the special viewing windows for a glance of collections not on display. To provide natural daylight, all around the vault is the veil, a structure resembling honeycomb.
South of the museum is a public plaza with 100-year-old Barouni olive trees and a beautiful green lawn. The Broad continuously features contemporary films, performances, and family weekend workshops.
Established by artists in 1979, MOCA features three different venues in Los Angeles: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center. Its contemporary art collection is comprised of about 7,000 art pieces. MOCA’s unique approach to art presentation and interpretation continuously redefines notions of art and adapts to an ever-changing world with its multitude of perspectives.
MOCA is dedicated to collecting, presenting, and preserving for future generations all forms of art created after 1940. The museum focuses on the most challenging and significant contemporary art. It is famous for its diverse, unusual, and groundbreaking exhibitions.
Along with art collections, the museum’s unique mix of experiences includes conversations with renowned artists and experts, art workshops, music events, and even meditation sessions.
Whether you are a sophisticated aesthete or just curious to learn a little more about art, each of these museums is sure to appeal to your senses.