Los Angeles, California (WiredPRNews.com) — The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is now equipped with some recent encyclopedic collected works of artifacts and sculptures from various parts of the world such as Melanesia, Polynesia and other cultures of the ocean, as reported by museum officials.
The Oceanic art collection is made up of 46 pieces of art which have been purchased by trustees of the museum. According to the chief executive of the Art Museum, Michael Govan, the collection includes a Hawaiian drum of the 18th century that was collected in 1778 by Capt. James Cook and a smooth dance paddle made up of sculpted wood from Easter Island.
Additionally, the collection is comprehensive as far as the representation of the Pacific Island is concerned. Govan also reported that each artwork is a masterpiece and distinct in itself. This collection was obtained from the Masco Corporation, a Michigan-based company. Masco collected the art items in the 1990s from a spectacular collection of an Australian government employee. This officer assembled all the Oceanic art in 1950 along with serving in the Papua New Guinea, as reported by Michael Kan, who took all the artwork.
Govan refused to reveal the actual price of the collection but according to the museum authorities, it was announced that the collection was financed partly from a celebrity foundation grant and partly by Eli Broad and Edythe, a prominent real estate development team. The balance left for the collection was paid by the trustees of the Art Museum.
The Museum is planning to begin the art exhibition in early 2009. It will be displayed along with the other modern art set of the museum in order to illustrate the sway of the Oceanic art on various modern art as well as Dada movements.
Wired Art Reporter