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

New Acquisition: Ninth-Century Pair of Guardian Lions

A recent discovery in Kyoto, this Pair of Guardian Lions is the earliest known monumental pair of wood Japanese lion guardians in existence. Roughly 30 inches in height, and each carved from a single block of wood (probably from the same tree), they lean into each other, full of life

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