On Monday, February 5, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will close its Pavilion for Japanese Art for a two-year restoration project. The pavilion is one of the few spaces that will remain as LACMA moves forward with its mammoth redesign, which will raze much of its current campus. “While minor cosmetic fixes have been made over the years, the pavilion is due for a comprehensive makeover,” the museum’s website states.
The 32,000-square-foot complex opened in 1988 and was the last project designed by architect Bruce Goff. The space was created to house the collection of Joe Price, who stipulated that the “art itself” should serve as the inspiration for its design. The pavilion is divided into two sections, each with a roof that recalls those found on Shinto shrines. The building’s exterior is made of Kalwall, a translucent fiberglass that allows natural light to illuminate the collection, which includes works from antiquity to the present.