Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA

. June 17, 2013

Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA an exhibition on view June 9–September 15, 2013.

The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA. Installation view. Photo ©2013 Museum Associates/LACMA.

The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA. Installation view. Photo ©2013 Museum Associates/LACMA.


As part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. initiative, The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA marks the first time the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has explored its own history in the context of an exhibition. The culmination of the exhibition is a proposed design for the future of the eastern side of the museum’s campus as envisioned by Pritzker Prize- winning architect Peter Zumthor introduced to the public for the first time, a project. The exhibition also offers an overview of nine other projects by the acclaimed architect, who has previously built only in Europe.

The Presence of the Past contains approximately 116 objects, including architectural models, plans, photographs, drawings, fossils, film, and ephemera. Many of the historical materials are drawn from LACMA’s archive and have not been on public view in several decades, if ever. The exhibition’s chronology spans some years, starting with actual Pleistocene fossils excavated from Hancock Park.

Peter Zumthor designed the exhibition space for The Presence of the Past, which is meant to evoke the architect’s studio, emphasizing the process of design and research that continue to shape his evolving thoughts for LACMA’s campus. lacma.org

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