Chris Burden’s Metropolis II on Its Way to LACMA

You may have read in last week’s New York Times that Chris Burden’s kinetic, large-scale sculpture Metropolis II will be coming to LACMA on long-term loan in the near future. Be sure to watch the mesmerizing and incredibly noisy video of the work, featuring 1,200 toy cars on their roller-coaster ride through the “city.” Watch Unframed for further details, as we document the move of the sculpture from Burden’s Topanga studio to its installation here at the museum.

19 Responses to Chris Burden’s Metropolis II on Its Way to LACMA

  1. emilla says:

    and where will it go? first floor of bcam? isnt it time to move the richard serra outside where it belongs and send the other back to sf? the burden could go in its place and on the other side, how about the new large scale andreas gursky photos? its time to rotate the first floor (not to mention the west side of the third).

  2. Mia Wicklund says:

    Thanks for posting this video – it looks amazing! I hope to make it out there to see it in person.

  3. kingoden says:

    Any word when it arrives? Can’t wait to see it!

  4. lacma says:

    King – we don’t have a definitive arrival date yet but you will absolutely hear about it on Unframed once we know more.

  5. JustAFreq! says:

    Is this installed/on display currently?

  6. lacma says:

    Not yet. We will be updating everyone on the artwork’s journey from the artist’s studio to the gallery as it happens… keep your eyes on Unframed.

  7. Huh? says:

    Why did this have to appear in the NYT? It has better coverage of LA than the LAT?

  8. Mike says:

    way to keep us updated lacma

  9. Darcy Jones says:

    Can’t wait to get to LA to see it!

  10. Ed says:

    Any update on if/when it will be here?

  11. Anonymous says:

    I’m looking forward to bringing my nieces and nephews to this one.

  12. Ben S says:

    Still no word on when this will be displayed?

  13. lacma says:

    It will be opening later this year… stay tuned!

  14. susan says:

    I saw the ‘sneak preview’ last week. It’s incredible!

  15. Frank says:

    Seeing Chris Burdens “vision” Metropolis 2 on the internet I can only say: What a stupid vision! It is strikingly unoriginal and certainly not a vision in the sense of what future cities will actually look like. It certainly will not have cars racing aroudn at 200mph.

    It reminds me of those banal books from the 60’s that painted colurful pictures of what future cities would look like… And it turned out very differently.

    It’s a little boys electric railway and speedway dream come true. That’s all!
    Art, hu? What is it actually telling us? It’s just banal and boring…

  16. call me dave says:

    Frank, I think you’re missing the point a bit – it’s not a design concept.

  17. Shigga says:

    This is INSANE!!

  18. Ravi says:

    how do the cars =move so fast

  19. Hae Min Kim says:

    how big is this thing?
    can you tell me specifically in number? like how tall and how wide and how long it is?

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