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The Big Five Oh

June 15, 2015

50 for 50


When it comes to birthdays, it sometimes pays to have friends in high places – they always give the greatest gifts and can help any fiesta go off with a bang – just ask the LACMA, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary in suitably star-spangled style.


The museum was joined by plenty of its nearest and dearest, including Jim Carey, Naomi Watts and Will Ferrell, as well as a whole host of LA’s hi-so, who generously donated pieces of art to the generous value of US$675 million, much of which will be displayed as part of its special exhibition, 50 for 50.


The majority has been selected from the recent headline-generating bequest from billionaire and agent extraordinaire A. Jerrold Perenchio – he represented Marlon Brando and Ronald Reagan – whose haul alone has been valued at US$500 million. Among his impressive collection of C.19th and C.20th masterpieces are works by Degas, and Toulouse-Lautrec, while other donors have bestowed oeuvres by Monet and Warhol, as well as art from Africa and the decorative arts.


In the spirit of the museum, these gifts reflect the great diversity of the LACMA’s own varied assemblage, making it an exhibition like no other and a veritable meander through the colourful history of art.


Until 13 Sep, 2015.


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