The Easel

The Demolition of LACMA: Art Sacrificed to Architecture

Fierce controversy over the re-build of Los Angeles’ major museum stems from disagreements about how art should be displayed. The approved plan aims to avoid displays that are “Eurocentric” or that impose a “hierarchical narrative”. Opponents think the museum’s collection should provide context for items on display. An aggravation – the new plan diminishes gallery display space. The writer’s view: the plan is “a very expensive betrayal of the public trust”.