Los Angeles was not known to be a “cultural” city, nevertheless, for the past few years; many artists have made a point to show their exhibitions here. In 2016, we can say that LA is an art, cultural city like New York, London or Paris.
Here are, in a random order, my top 10 art exhibitions and experiences of 2016
The Rain Room by Random International is another unique experience. It is an immersive environment of perpetually falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected. The installation offers visitors an opportunity to experience what is seemingly impossible: the ability to control rain. I, with some hesitation, start walking towards the rain and sure enough, as I got closer it stops. The experience lasts 5 minutes, during which you are amazed on how you can control the rain and walk around without getting wet.
James Turrell is an American artist primarily concerned with light and space. James Turrell has different exhibitions at the LACMA. One of them is Breathing Light that I got the chance to experience. Breathing Light is an installation designed to entirely eliminate the viewer’s depth perception. You enter a room heavily illuminated LED lights that change colors from blue to pink. As you walk through the room towards the end wall, you start losing the feeling of depth and you are not sure anymore where the walls are, you feel like you are surrounded by a mist of color.
The Broad, is the new Contemprary Art Museum in Los Angeles. Opened in 2016, it already became a reference with its impressive permanent collection including Jeff Koons or Basquiat, the many exhibitions like the infinity mirrored room by Yayoi Kusuma and the building itself designed by Diller Scofidio that is a great piece of architecture.
The unique Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusuma immerses you in the middle of the starts and you can feel the soul of those stars that are million light years away from our planet. You have a feeling that you are disconnected from the world and you are just floating in the space with the stars.
The abandoned hospital became for a short time the venue for “an immersive, site-specific exhibition that features the work of over eighty emerging and established artists in a uniquely challenging space”.
For example, The Schauss Kitchen by Christopher Reynolds at The Human Condition exhibition shows us how pink is the color that suppress aggression and appetite.
The Bedroom of Van Gogh pops out thanks to Roy Lichtenstein and you can be part of that 3D comic scene until March 12th. Pop of the People shows how Roy Lichtenstain, through his Pop culture art, makes art accessible to the great majority.
The inventive filmmaker Guillermo del Toro shares his massive collection of fantasy movie paintings, drawings, maquettes, artifacts, and concept film art. We got to see different rooms that reflect the imagination of the horror movie filmmaker and his love for the monsters.
- Norton Simon Museum – Duchamp to Pop
Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena is one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. At the temporary exhibition Duchamp to Pop we saw artist Marcel Duchamp Pop Art and art work from similar artists, especially Andy Warhol, Jim Dine. The exhibition was for all the Duchamp Addicts like me and the ones that wanted to see the ones that want to discover Pop Art. You can see Duchamp’s famous L.H.O.O.Q Mona Lisa (Mona Lisa with a mustache) as well as Brillo Boxes by Warhol or Half Dollar by Robert Dowd.
To celebrate the famous polka-dot dressed Mouse , Refinery 29 created an art and fashion exhibition. They created an “immersive experience that’s inspired by Minnie’s journey from black-and-white to color”. There was a designer fashion exhibit featuring her outfits from around the world, interactive color-by-number art and a photo gallery.
Young Projects Gallery in West Hollywood brought back the Andy Warhol’s ‘Rain Machine’ to life after 45 years. Experience the Daisy Waterfall until February 17th 2017. This is another amazing immersive experience in LA.
The French Artist, in orange, pops out of the photography. In each of the 15 narratives photography, she is staging herself as the main character in a surreal blue landscape.
What is your best art exhibition and experience of 2016?