Japanese Art


Japanese Art

Pavilion for Japanese Art

Designed by the architect Bruce Goff (1904-1982), the Pavilion for Japanese Art houses the museum’s collection of Japanese works dating from around 3000 B.C. to the twenty-first century. The second-level West Wing gallery is devoted to archaeological materials, Buddhist and Shinto sculpture, ceramics, lacquer wares, textiles, armor, and cloisonné; the East Wing features paintings, primarily of the Edo period. On the plaza level, the Raymond and Frances Bushnell gallery offers a rich array of the miniature sculptures known as netsuke.


Mizusashi (water container for Tea Ceremony) in the form of a Wooden Bucket
Haniwa: Tomb Sculpture of a Seated Warrior
c. 500–600
Preparing Raw Fish
Kitagawa Utamaro
18th century
Wild Boar amidst Autumn Flowers and Grasses
Mori Sosen
c. 1800

Twenty-Five Years of the Pavilion for Japanese Art

The Pavilion for Japanese Art, the last structure and only major public building designed by architect Bruce Goff (1904–1982), an idiosyncratic visionary influenced by the organic designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, divided critics when it opened on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s campus on September 25, 1988

Origins and Influence of Surrealism in Japanese Art

Drawing Surrealism features 250 works from surrealist artists from around the world and is on view at LACMA through January 6, after which it travels to the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. Hollis Goodall, curator of Japanese art, discusses the origins and influence of surrealism in Japan...