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Surrealist Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Museum Overview

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the largest art museum in western America. It has over 100,000 objects on display and is extremely important internationally bringing almost a million visitors to Southern California every year. The seven-building complex is undergoing a ten-year expansion known as the Transformation and designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Artworks in the museum span the world and most of the history of art. The LACMA's specialties include Asian, Japanese, Latin American and Islamic art collections.

Plan Your Visit

LACMA is located on Wilshire Boulevard between Fairfax and Curson avenues – midway between Downtown LA and Santa Monica. For directions and any other information go to the LACMA website. If you need a hotel room near the museum, we recommend Los Angeles Hotels, the leading hotel booking site for LA. Via you can find cheap hotel rooms in Los Angeles The museum is open every day except Wednesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12 noon and 8pm. It is open on Fridays till 9pm and on Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 8pm. After 5pm you can pay what you want for general admission and non-ticketed exhibitions and on the second Tuesday of every month general admission to the permanent galleries and non-ticketed exhibitions is free to all.

Surrealist Art at the LACMA

Surrealist art plays an important part at the LACMA in its permanent collection of art which includes works by Victor Brauner, Andre Breton, Federico Castellon, Marcel Duchamp, Lorser Feitelson and many more. Every now and again there are special exhibitions which feature other surrealists. For example n 2007 there was a special exhibition dedicated to the renowned surrealist Salvador Dali. It was called "Salvador Dali: Painting and Film" which aimed to illustrate the cinematic influences and elements that are present in Dali's work as well as the contribution he made to cinema. Surrealist art became prominent in the 1920s when many artists adopted this non-linear sometimes nonsensical style of art which out rightly defies "normal", earthy art. Another surrealist exhibit at the LACMA consisted of 68 works by Rene Magritte including some of his signature pieces. This particular exhibition, "Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images", also included about 31 pieces of contemporary art by artists such as Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Vija Celmins and Robert Gober who had been influenced by Magritte's surrealist work. At the center of the exhibition stood Magritte's masterpiece "The Treachery of Images (This is not a pipe)" which is his most famous word and image painting featuring a pipe accompanied by a simple French sentence which says "This is not a pipe". This is what surrealism is all about – looking beyond what your eyes can see. It is this philosophical approach to art which attracted many post-war artists to join the surrealist movement.
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