South and Southeast Asian Art

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South and Southeast Asian Art

Ahmanson Building, Level 4

The collection consists of paintings, sculptures, and decorative art from India, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. Bronze and Iron Age objects from Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand are on view along with Buddhist and Hindu sculpture from all periods and regions. The collection is especially notable for its early Tibetan and Nepalese paintings, sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts.

Seu, Pandit (attributed to)

Buddha Shakyamuni
India, Uttar Pradesh
Late 6th century
Shiva as the Lord of Dance
India, Tamil Nadu
c. 950–1000
Brahma, the God of Creation
Indonesia, Central Java
9th century
Karma Amitayus, From a Mandala of the Ninefold Amitayus
Central Tibet, Phanyul Valley (?), Himalayas
c. 1170–1189

The Magnificent Eleven

Does the focus on blockbuster temporary exhibitions cause us to miss treasures found in our own permanent collections? The Los Angeles Times posed this very question to a dozen curators and art specialists who then composed a list of the best museum pieces throughout the region. Eleven artworks were chosen from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Profoundly varied, pieces range from the ancient to the contemporary. We call them the Magnificent Eleven.

New Online Publication for Southeast Asian Art

Over the past several years LACMA has had the remarkable opportunity to take a fresh look at how we share scholarship about our collection online as participants in an exciting project, the Getty Foundation’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative. Beginning in 2008, the Foundation provided significant grant funding to launch online collection catalogues at nine museums—the National Gallery and the Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), Tate (London), the Art Institute of Chicago, the Seattle Art Museum, the Walker Art Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and LACMA

A Quiet Moment: Himalayan Art Galleries

There’s been a lot of movement here at LACMA lately. First, Metropolis II went on view in January. Then, the 105-mile journey of the 340-ton megalith that will be a part of Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass concluded on March 10. When I want to slow down, I go to the Himalayan galleries, located on the fourth floor of the Ahmanson Building, to look at art from Tibet and Nepal...

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