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LACMA announces three inaugural shows for new Resnick Pavilion

February 19, 2010 | 11:52 am

Resnick The new Resnick Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art isn't scheduled to open until October, but the museum has already planned three inaugural exhibitions for the much-anticipated space.

LACMA said Friday that the three exhibitions would be "Eye for the Sensual: Selections From the Resnick Collection," "Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700–1915" and "Olmec: Masterworks of Ancient Mexico."

The museum said the shows would "highlight the diversity of the museum’s encyclopedic collection and programming."

Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion will feature 45,000 square feet of space, according to the museum. In 2008, The Times reported that the Beverly Hills couple were giving $45 million to the museum and would be honored with a new exhibition pavilion bearing their names.

The pavilion is part of an ongoing project to update and unify the LACMA campus.

"Eye of the Sensual" will include about 125 European paintings, sculptures and decorative arts from the  Resnick collection, said the museum. Visitors can look forward to seeing such works as Elisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun’s portrait of Marie Antoinette and Jacob Jordaens’ "Revel of Bacchus and Silenus."

Featuring recent acquisitions, "Fashioning Fashion" will offer a survey of sartorial evolution from the Age of Enlightenment to World War I. The show, which was announced in 2009, includes men's and women's clothing as well as children's garments and accessories.

"Olmec" will feature artifacts and artwork from the ancient Mexican civilization dating from about 1400 BC. The exhibition is co-organized with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The pavilion is located just north of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum on the LACMA campus. 

-- David Ng

Photo: Stewart and Lynda Resnick in 2008. Credit: Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times

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