Art and culture

Discover the best of LA’s art scene

October 08, 2019

The Los Angeles arts scene is thriving, offering you endless opportunities to immerse yourself in its vibrant culture. Let us take you on a tour of the current must-see exhibitions.

Until December 31, 2020

The Getty Center

Head to The Getty Center to explore the latest art exhibitions and take time to wander around the expansive gardens. Located at the top of the Santa Monica Mountains, the world-famous museum is a piece of art in itself, and from here you can delight in expansive views stretching from downtown LA all the way to the ocean.

Exhibition highlight
Greek and Roman Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

This installation features marble and bronze works depicting gods and goddesses, heroes, athletes and other subjects. Most are Roman works dating from the first century BC to the second century AD, which are historic reproductions of famous Greek originals.

J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1687
+1 (310) 440-7330

Until January, 2020

LACMA

The largest art museum in the west of the country, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) showcases a vast range of objects spanning 6,000 years and the globe. From ancient Egyptian artefacts to works by contemporary LA-based artists, LACMA has over 135,000 pieces in its permanent collection. The museum and research facility attracts more than a million visitors each year.

Exhibition highlight
The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China
An inter-generational show of 21 influential Chinese artists, working between the 1980s to the present day including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang and Lin Tianmiao.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
+1 (323) 857-6000

Tips from the team: Pose for a photo in front of the impressive Urban Light sculpture, an installation made up of street lamps from the 1920s and 1930s, located at the museum's Wilshire Boulevard entrance.
LACMA urban street light sculpture at night
Until November 30, 2020

MOCA

Head to downtown LA’s Grand Avenue to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), where more than 6,800 works represent  a host of different art forms. You’ll find everything from abstract expressionism, minimalism and pop art to conceptual and postmodernism art.

Exhibition highlight
Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Questions) ‒ (1990/2018)
MOCA has reinstalled the monumental wall work by Los Angeles–based artist Barbara Kruger. The emblematic red, white, and blue artwork was originally commissioned by MOCA in 1989 and was last installed in 1990 on the south wall of MOCA’s building (now The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA).

Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles
152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 (213) 625-4390

Until March, 2020

Petersen Automotive Museum

The eye-catching Petersen Automotive Museum brings to life 100 years of automotive history through an outstanding collection of vehicles.  Its architecture, user-friendly parking facility and central location make it a living example of automobile culture in Los Angeles.

Exhibition highlight
Disruptors
Rem D Koolhaas and Joey Ruiter take markedly different approaches to upend the norm by superimposing technology and art on one another. They share a self-imposed mandate to strip all expectation of conformity from products, ranging in scope from footwear and furniture to cars and motorcycles.

Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036
+1 (323) 800-2244

Ongoing

The Broad

Opened to the public in 2015, The Broad (named after philanthropists and art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad) is a relative newcomer to LA’s contemporary art scene. The striking, modern building, which is itself a work of art, features two floors of exhibition space. Explore works from well-known artists including Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman, as well as contributions from emerging artists.

Exhibition highlight
Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away
This is the work of artist Yayoi Kusama, a room completely covered with mirrors and dozens of flashing LED lights hanging from the ceiling. As the lights are reflected they accumulate and expand exponentially, giving a wonderful sense of infinity.

The Broad
221 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 (213) 232-6250

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