Alta Picks: Mansion Tour

This philanthropist's widow has turned their home into a free gallery.

the annex gallery at the weisman foundation’s home
Brian Forrest/Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation)

While some of L.A.’s most impressive art hides in the private manors of wealthy aesthetes, there’s one spectacular collection you don’t have to be rich and famous to view. During his lifetime, philanthropist Frederick R. Weisman amassed over 400 pieces of world-class modern and contemporary art, and when he passed away, his widow opened their Mediterranean-style villa in Holmby Hills for free, reservation-only guided tours. From the enthusiastic docents to the breathtaking samples of genius on the walls—Warhol, Picasso, and Cézanne, to name a few—there’s something special here for newbies and connoisseurs alike: a privileged glance at what it’s like to live utterly surrounded by art.

This article appears in the Fall 2021 issue of Alta Journal.

Sarah Stodder is Alta Journal’s editorial operations & research director.
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