Resnick Exhibition Pavilion (Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA) by Renzo Piano

Last week, the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA was pre-opened to selected guests with a gala benefit dinner to honor long-time museum patrons Lynda and Stewart Resnick.

The Resnick Pavilion was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano. Renzo Piano’s Resnick Pavilion is a key feature of LACMA’s ongoing Transformation project and offers a major expansion of the museum’s exhibition space. It’s a single-story, 45,000 square foot structure. According to the museum, the Resnick Pavilion is the largest purpose-built, naturally lit, open-plan museum space in the world.

Robert Irwin’s Palm Garden installation surrounds the Resnick Pavilion. The palms, some quite rare, come in a wide variety of sizes, colors and shapes. They are set into orderly grids, articulated by Cor-ten steel walls and containers.

The Resnick Pavilion will open to the public on October 2, 2010, with three exhibitions: Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Resnick Collection; Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico; and Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915.

Since its inception in 1965, LACMA has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography – and represent Los Angeles’s uniquely diverse population. Today, the museum features particularly strong collections of Asian, Latin American, European, and American art, as well as a contemporary museum on its campus.

Resnick Exhibition Pavilion (Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA) by Renzo Piano. Press Preview, September 23, 2010.

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