The year 2006 marks the 40th birthday of the famed Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). To commemorate the first four decades of the museum, a special exhibition featuring art given or promised to the museum will run from now through April 16, 2006. A celebration of the art of giving, the exhibit pays special tribute to and honors the generosity of its donors.

The notable exhibition will showcase 150 gifts and celebrate the achievements of LACMA. Important paintings, sculptures and drawings by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Alberto Giacometti, Alexander Calder, and other 20th century European modern masters will be featured.

LACMA’s rapid growth in only 40 years and distinguished collection of over 100,000 art objects has made it the foremost public art museum west of the Mississippi.

Located in one of the fastest growing, dynamic and diverse regions of the world, the museum has expanded dramatically in ways that reflect the communities it serves. Los Angeles is fortunate to have such an extensive and selective art museum, and this exhibit proudly displays the generosity of LACMA’s donors, without which these past 40 years would not have been possible.

LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd., in Los Angeles. Museum Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs noon – 8 p.m., Fri noon – 9 p.m., Sat-Sun 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. For more information call (323) 587-6000 or visit