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Norton Simon Museum

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Norton Simon Museum
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Time Out says

The Norton Simon's Gehry-helmed makeover in the late 1990s raised the museum's profile. But it also helped it expand the range of its collection, giving it more space and creating a calm, simple environment in which to display it. And this is a beautifully designed museum, its collection sympathetically mounted and immaculately captioned.

The museum is still best known for its impressive collection of Old Masters, notably pieces by 17th-century Dutch painters such as Rembrandt (a particularly rakish self-portrait), Brueghel and Frans Hals. The French impressionists are represented by, among others, Monet, Manet and Renoir.

Other valuable holdings include a generous array of Degas' underappreciated ballerina bronzes, some excellent modern works — including a haunting Modigliani portrait of his wife, some Diego Rivera paintings, plenty of works by the so-called Blue Four (Feininger, Jawlensky, Klee and Kandinsky), and large collections of European prints, Far Eastern art and Buddhist artifacts. After you've checked out the temporary shows, head into the excellent sculpture garden. All told, a terrific museum.


411 W Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles
$12 adults, $9 seniors, free children under 18, students with ID, military personnel, and children under 18 all free.
Opening hours:
Mon, Wed, Thu, noon-5pm; Fri, Sat 11am-8pm; Sun 11am-5pm
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All Consuming: Art and the Essence of Food

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Bountiful feasts and bowls of fruit have peppered the scenes of European artwork for centuries. But what do they actually say about the hunger, excess and sustenance of those times? And how has art impacted food trends? The Norton Simon examines all of these with 60 paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures from 1500 to 1900.

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