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Visiting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Visiting The Los Angeles County Museum Of Art, LACMA Lights, Los Angeles

Art of Korea Exhibit Tour

Recently, I went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and visited their exhibition on the Art of Korea.  First, I must say that although I have lived in Los Angeles for more than fifteen years I have never been to the museum.  I don’t know why, but I always feel as though I have to go to another state or country to appreciate artistic contributions.

The LACMA museum has over 100,000 artworks ranging from the Early Middle Ages to present day.  Tip: Don’t forget to grab a free map to view the museum layout and download the museum’s mobile app to listen to commentary regarding selected artworks.

I went into level one of the Ahmanson Building and viewed the Mike Kaplan Collection and the Art of the Pacific.

Balloon Monkey (Orange), by Jeff Koons
Balloon Monkey (Orange), by Jeff Koons


Next, I walked up the stairwell to the level two exhibition floor and viewed the Hidden Narratives artwork collection.  My favorite painting is captured below, please know that I’m not the best photographer to really appreciate it’s beauty you must see it in person.  What I like about the painting is the beautiful weaving of the light and dark colors.

Lastly, I went over to the Hammer Building and toured the Art of Korea exhibit.  The exhibit is one of the largest in the United States and hosts Korean art from ancient to modern times.  Below are some of my favorite pieces of the exhibit.

cute man

Wooden Prayer Table (Korea, Joseon dynasty) late 18th Century
Wooden Prayer Table (Korea, Joseon dynasty) late 18th Century
Translated Vase, 2013 by Eye Sookyung (Korea, b. 1963)
Translated Vase, 2013 by Eye Sookyung (Korea, b. 1963)

The Korean art gallery opened in 2009 and has been a permanent exhibit ever since.  The exhibit has artwork from Goryeo (918-1392) to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).  There’s a guided tour of the exhibition held at 2 p.m. on select days.

Tip: Check the LACMA Website for free art & garden tours and free events for families & musical recitals.

After viewing the paintings, sculptures, tapestries, and statues on display if you’re hungry you can dine-in at their restaurants or pick up a light snack at their snack bar locations.  I choose to purchase a strawberry shortcake ice cream as the weather is finally getting warmer. However, if you wish you can go across the street and choose from the different food trucks available.

The museum is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036.  I paid $20 dollars as an LA country resident for all others there’s a $25 entrance fee.  If you’re driving you can pay to park in the provided LACMA parking structure across the street from the museum.

Tip: There is free street parking or metered parking directly across from the museum.  Be aware the streets are cleaned on Monday’s for two hours and there is no parking allowed.  Additionally, you can take the metro bus or subway to avoid traffic and parking fees. To find out more information about the LA Metro click on the link here.

My suggestion is to take a whole day and appreciate the artistic contributions of the South Korean artist.  In addition, to visiting the LACMA museum first stop by the Korean Cultural Center located four blocks away at 5505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036.

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If you want to read more stories about my life in California check out my posts on:

  1.  Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California Experience
  2. Skirball Cultural Center Experience
  3. California Science Center Exploration
  4. Descanso Gardens Enchanted Evening
  5. Long Beach Aquarium Of The Pacific Experience

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