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The Wall Street Journal has a profile of Michael Govan that includes the first published image of a model of architect Peter Zumthor’s design for the future LACMA. Reports Christina Binkley :

“Zumthor’s plan, in its current form, involves removing four of LACMA’s eight existing buildings—including a troublesome mishmash of mid–to–late–20th century architecture, which often compels museum-goers to duck in and out of disconnected pavilions during a visit—and replacing them with the museum of the future that Govan has been building in his head since he was an art student. Glass walls that permit the museum’s art to be viewed from as far away as Wilshire Boulevard are key elements of Zumthor’s prototype, which would connect other buildings—including a beloved Japanese pavilion and an Academy of Motion Pictures museum—with an indoor-outdoor art park, where visitors can wander at will and preview exhibitions before entering.…

“Zumthor… says he aims to create ‘a village of experiences. It’s an organic shape, like a water lily, floating and open with glass 360 degrees around,’ he says. There will be a curving perimeter, a sort of wide veranda, surrounding a series of ’sacred’ transparent galleries, all contained under one giant roof that will be covered with solar panels. The building is designed to produce more energy than it uses and will ‘reexpose the sky that is now blocked by existing structures,’ says Zumthor.

“Govan envisions passersby watching curators set up exhibitions—activities typically shielded from the public. Rather than the usual 60 percent of museum space devoted to back-of-house uses, he wants to reverse the equation, and then some: As much as 80 percent of the square footage will house art on view to the public.”

Much more will be in this summer’s PST Presents show, “The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA.”

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  1. Just looks like glass versions of Serra’s fake Colorado river canyons. And whats wrong with dashing between different styled buildings? its called a courtyard. Try creating with it through color, sculpture and events instead of tearing down perfectly good building to build more neofascist Ayn Rand ego enhancing monstrosities

  2. Yeah, right, Donald Frazell, a failed artist, has all the answers. He knows zero about those “perfectly good buildings” that LACMA said years ago require hugely expensive renovation, system upgrade, etc., which would throw good money after bad. Pun Leez.

  3. Honey(Its that or dude), they just renovated them a few years ago and finally finished, I think, rearranging the galleries. I know this not great for pseudo elite parties, but too bad. I know creativity left the art world long ago, it got boring and self absorbed, but try using some of that old tech called paint and it would be fine. But as with most decadent ages, color is scorned and feared. It is harmony, of the soul. And art zombies dont have souls.

  4. Besides its hard to fail when I have never wasted time and money on being an “artiste” All artists are self taught or learn form those who did, not those who talk about themselves and their fawning art,

  5. by Cate Conroy

    Fawn. Fawn. Fawn. Yawn. Fawning art is so tiring.
    Nighty-night, DF!

  6. By the way, while the Japanese pavilion has some gorgeous art it itself is horrendously juvenile. Like a Jr Hi school students mockup of a museum, even the same sickly green styrofoam we used in shop back in the 70s. Ugh.
    Night night Cate. Sadly we have the same issues, just stage 2, and waiting for A to return home from her crazy spiritual center design job, but also working at Ronald McDonald house now. Be well and email me.
    These spoiled children have no idea about real life.

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