With restrictions letting up and finally allowing museums in Los Angeles to open their doors again (with limited attendance), more people are wanting to step out of the house to engage in the solace of visual art. Before Los Angeles became a coronavirus epicenter, the city was known to be an epicenter for artists of all kinds.
Communities from across the nation could experience traditional museums like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or new digital museums like the Museum of Dream Space. Because technology has been such a huge influence on modern art, newly developed art exhibitions and museums are easier to come by. So if you’re ever perusing LA and want to surrender your eyes to artistic nature, be on the lookout for these museums in Los Angeles.
Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles is one of the most destined contemporary art museums around, thanks to the founders of The Broad Foundation, Eli and Edythe Broad. Because the museum offers free general admission, visitors need to schedule an appointment for months in advance to experience its more than 2,000 works of postwar and contemporary art.
The museum has built its collection on art from the 1950s to present day. The museum was designed by world-renowned architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, so the design of the building is unlike any other in Los Angeles. Imagine this towering honeycomb-like structure hidden in between the buildings of LA.
The Broad has been reopened since May 26. Although the popular Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirror Room” installations are still temporarily closed, there are a ton of other exhibits worth checking out.
Museum of Dream Space (MODS)
One of the most immersive digital art museums in Los Angeles is located in Beverly Hills and is turning heads because of the unique technological aesthetic of their collection. Museum of Dream Space is one of the first in the United States exhibiting primarily digital art.
Thanks to the inspired art design from Yayoi Kusama, an artist who embraced the idea of “infinite rooms," the development and integration of digital art has finally made its place in Los Angeles at MODS.
Because technology has made such a drastic impact on the style of contemporary visual art, museums like this have been curated to cater to an audience different from that of typical art museums – a more nontraditional and digitally inclined group. So, if you’re ready for a museum full of digital immersion and Instagram-worthy photos, MODS is where it’s at. Plus, for all of Pride Month in June, you can get buy-one-get-one-free tickets using the code “Pride” at checkout.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Ever wonder what it’s like to step into a painting? If you’re a fan of the Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh, then come prepared for a full immersion of his world-renowned art. The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in Los Angeles turns some of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings into reality; using virtual reality technology, massive incorporative screens and full 360-degree projections, the work of Van Gogh has never felt so alive.
With the exhibits all around the nation, the immersive exhibition is finally coming to a venue in the heart of Los Angeles. Although the exhibit isn’t officially open yet, word is out and its secret location has finally been revealed – the former Amoeba Music Building in Hollywood.
Expect to be wowed by a room dedicated to Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” Venture into another room with a bench ready for you to enjoy “Cafe Terrace at Night.” Tickets are available for presale now.
World of Illusions
The World of Illusions hosts multiple exhibits and is possibly one of the most interactive and photo worthy exhibitions in Los Angeles. By combining art with one’s imagination, you’re sure to have an interactive experience that you’d better have your camera ready for.
Four rooms offer unique experiences – Giant’s House, Upside Down House, Museum of Illusions and Smash It. Come prepared with a camera ready to take pictures of you walking on the edge of a skyscraper, cooking breakfast in an upside down kitchen or next to a burger the size of a monster truck.
Banksy: Genius or Vandal?
Although the exhibit had some mixed reactions due to owner’s rights and forgery claims, it has now received acclaim among people who haven’t had the chance to fully experience the artistic works of Banksy. Because this renowned street artist has made such a huge impression with his unorthodox art, the expectations and first impressions of the exhibit were questionable, to say the least.
The anonymity of Banksy has always led the ownership of his most famous paintings to be a debatable topic. But the curators of this immersive experience are simply wanting to provide insight to his story and artistry. The exhibit features more than 100 genuine, authenticated artworks by Banksy taken from private collections. By taking his art out of the original street context, they allow people instead to enjoy it inside an actual art exhibit.
Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains
One of the first exhibitions to feature Pink Floyd’s musical journey is soon to open up August 3 of this year, thanks to Vogue Multicultural Museum. What’s expected is an audiovisual and musical venture through the legacy of one of the most iconic rock bands to this day.
Preserving their musical integrity through distinctive experimental spaces, the exhibit celebrates Pink Floyd’s most popular songs and imagery that made history throughout the 1960s. The exhibit features recognizable images that impacted popular culture; things like The Dark Side of the Moon prism, or pigs flying over the Battersea Power Station. Buy tickets now to be fully enraptured by the psychedelic masterminds known as Pink Floyd.
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