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LACMA's "Largest Gift of Art" Ever Boasts Picasso, Degas

Philanthropist A. Jerrold Perenchio bequests forty-seven works to the museum.

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    "Au Cafe Concert: La Chanson du Chien" (detail) by Edgar Degas is among the 47 works A. Jerrold Perenchio bequested to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

    How museums became known as whispery places full of soft stringed instruments and slowly ticking clocks is a question best left to those who watch the changing forces of popular opinion, but that's a generalization that definitely does not apply to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art these days.

    It's been a busy week of big news on the Miracle Mile, led in large part by LACMA announcing on Nov. 6 its "largest gift of art" in its history, a bequest from philanthropist A. Jerrold Perenchio.

    Forty-seven artworks will now find a forever home at the museum, including a water-lilies painting by Claude Monet, a Pablo Picasso drawing, and "the first painting by Edouard Manet to enter the LACMA collection," a work called "M. Gauthier-Lathuille fils" from 1879.

    The pieces have "rarely been seen in public," says the museum, which will mark its 50th anniversary in 2015.

    But there's no laurel-resting 'round LACMA, as the institution makes another newsy leap forward, this one involving its campus. The museum's prospective design for an amorphous new building from the future -- complete with a bridge over Wilshire Boulevard -- was given a go-ahead by the LA County Board of Supervisors this week via unanimous vote.

    The architecturally ambitious overhaul scotches a number of existing buildings on the campus while bringing in a structure that mimics the neighboring tar pits in soft, fluid shape. (The LA Times says the board gave the go-ahead on $7.5 million to start.)

    Adding to 47 artworks and architectural approval? Metro joined Mayor Garcetti and other civic officials on Friday, Nov. 7 in front of the museum to officially breaking ground on the Metro Purple Line extension, which is expected to see completion, complete with a station at Wilshire and Fairfax, in 2023.

    Big x 3.

    No cobwebs or soft murmurs at the county art museum; rather, muscular momentum is what it is all about along the historic, art-plentiful, Metro-ready Miracle Mile.

    Image: "Au Cafe Concert: La Chanson du Chien," 1875, by Edgar Degas, courtesy of LACMA

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