Contemporary Art


Contemporary Art

BCAM & Ahmanson Building, Level 2

LACMA's collection of contemporary art contains almost two thousand works from across the Americas, Europe, and Asia, created between 1968 and the present. A diverse range of mediums are represented: painting, sculpture, installation and conceptual art, video and film. In 2008 the collection was augmented by the opening of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA, designed by architect Renzo Piano. Taken together, the works of the Broad and LACMA collections form a rich and nuanced history of art after World War II.  See works by Southern California artists or visit a selection of online exhibitions.  Learn more about selected artworks or browse by artist

Nam June Paik


Ocean Park Series No. 49
Richard Diebenkorn
John Baldessari
And thus . . . (present tense)
Kara Walker
Human Nature/Life Death/Knows Doesn't Know
Bruce Nauman

New Acquisition: Roni Horn, Untitled (“The sensation of satisfaction at having outstared a baby.”)

In 1975, just after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Roni Horn traveled to Iceland. She found herself captivated by the qualities of the place, most especially its landscape and weather, which could transition from sunshine to a hailstorm and back again in a matter of minutes. Thus began her desire to capture and reflect moments of instability and change, a theme that she has explored through serial photography, drawing, and sculpture

Contemporary Friends Acquire Ten New Works by Artists from around the World

Contemporary Friends started in 2013 with a goal of acquiring contemporary works of art that complement LACMA’s collections of objects that span the globe. To this end, this year’s ten acquisitions fit the bill in their diversity in not only media, but also in the parts of the world represented