WEEP FOR LACMA
AS THE MUSEUM BREAKS UP ITS COLLECTION
LACMA WILL LOSE ITS SOUL
Size matters. Four existing LACMA buildings will be replaced with a single pavilion with two thirds of the existing gallery space and half the wall space, at a time when the museum should be doubling its square footage. Paintings and entire collections will disappear into storage, perpetually lost to public view.
HOW SMART IS THAT?
By demolishing its headquarter structures, LACMA is splitting up its collections, sending them to the four corners of Los Angeles, fragmenting the museum, requiring you to drive to a half dozen branches in molasses traffic to see parts of the balkanized collection, just as the new Purple Line subway is arriving at LACMA’s front door.
HOW CLEVER IS THAT?
The delusional $650 million price estimate for the structurally complicated construction, built in concrete to the specifications of a maniac for architectural detail, may climb to $1 billion. LACMA may eventually have to sell the Rembrandts to save itself.
HOW SHREWD IS THAT?