Fresh cultural scoops in LA.
Los Angeles is fast emerging a global epicentre of culture, known for its world-class galleries and museums, iconic street art and diverse creativity. There are an abundance of new offerings popping up every day in Los Angeles it seems, with some of the world’s best collections on show. Here are three of the latest offerings to check out this Autumn.King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh. Celebrating the 100-year discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, the world premiere of the ‘King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh’ exhibition in Los Angeles will reveal an unprecedented collection of more than 150 real artefacts from the Boy King's tomb. This is the first time the artefacts will be on display outside of Egypt, and at a scale historically limited to just 50 items. On display will be many items the Boy King used himself in life and in death, including golden jewellery, elaborate carvings, sculptures and ritual antiquities. Each item is incredible in its own right – just take the exquisite, gold inlaid jewelled coffinette decorated with the protective god Isis that held the King's mummified liver, or the beautiful chalice ‘wishing cup’ designed in the shape of an open lotus and engraved with the King’s name and his wish that he be granted eternal life.The exhibition will feature nine distinct experiential galleries and an array of 3D visuals, digital content, 360-degree theatrical manifestations, custom soundscapes and more in an engaging, audio-guided tour. The exhibition will remain in Los Angeles for nearly ten months before moving to Europe on a 10-city international exhibition tour. California Science Centre. Opens 24 March 2018 and will be on view through early January 2019. More details: www.californiasciencecenter.org or www.kingtutexhibition.comJasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth. Widely regarded as America’s most iconic artist, Jasper Johns ‘Something Resembling Truth’ exhibition features more than 100 works spanning Johns’ 60-year career. With rare loans from international public and private collections, including significant works from the Broad collection, the exhibition will trace the evolution of the artist’s six-decade career through a series of thematic chapters. The exhibition encompasses the full range of Johns’ materials, motifs and techniques—including his unique use of encaustic (heated beeswax) and found-material collage in paintings—and the innovations he has achieved in sculpture and the graphic arts by expanding the possibilities of traditional media. Johns’ use of accessible images will be thoroughly examined, seen continually transformed through the artist’s engagement with a wide range of human experiences. In a departure from a retrospective approach, Johns’ artistic achievements will be illuminated through the juxtaposition of early and late works throughout the exhibition. Where? The Broad. On view from February 10 – May 13, 2018. More details: www.thebroad.orgLos Angeles County Museum of Art: Focus on Mexico. Mexican artworks, perceptions and archaeology history weave through current and upcoming exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA.) ‘Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici’ is a groundbreaking exhibition devoted to 18th century Mexican painting, a vibrant period marked by major stylistic developments and the invention of new iconographies. The exhibition’s over 100 works (many unpublished and restored for the exhibition), will make a lasting contribution to our understanding of Mexican painting in particular and transatlantic artistic connections in the 18th century in general. This exhibition is part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. ‘City and Cosmos: The Arts of Teotihuacan’ presents recent findings from Mexican national and international archaeological projects excavating from the ancient city of Teotihuacan’s three main pyramids—the Sun, Moon, and the Feathered Serpent—and major residential compounds. New discoveries reveal that both visible and buried works were arranged in specific ways to commemorate the city’s ancestral foundations and to forge relationships with vital, essential forces such as fire and water, fundamentally changing our understanding of the city’s history. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Painted in Mexico on view until 18 March 2018. City and Cosmos: The Arts of Teotihuacan on show from 25 March – 15 July 2018. More details: http://www.lacma.org (February 22, 2018)