On Exhibition

20th Century Sculpture

In 1976 Walter Annenberg wrote, "Ultimately, Sunnylands will be turned over to the public and I naturally take care in the selection of acquisitions for this long-range responsibility." 
 
As part of this vision, some items from the collection are installed at the Center for public viewing and education. Included are significant works of sculpture dating primarily from the 20th century.  
 

"If it moved me, that was enough. Being moved is what collecting is all about."

Walter Annenberg 

Jean Arp: 1955 bronze relief Configuration—souvenir d' Athènes (Configuration Memory of Athens)
Alberto Giacometti: 1958 bronze Bust of Diego on Stele III
Yaacov Agam: 1976 brass sculpture 3x6 Double Frame Interplay

An Interactive Gallery and Theater

Throughout Sunnylands Center, visitors will find historical and educational materials about the historic house and the Annenbergs. A large gallery contains six interactive media stations. Here, visitors can explore touch-screen kiosks that each focus on a specific aspect of Sunnylands. Through photos, videos, and interviews guests will learn about midcentury modern architecture, the house's interior design and golf course, the art collections, the Annenbergs and their Sunnylands guests, and sustainability practices. One of the highlights of the gallery is a 3-D film that uses the latest technology and requires no glasses. It explores how the historic estate was built and how it changed over the years.  
 
In the intimate 45-seat theater, one can view A Place Called Sunnylands, an orientation film, that plays regularly. The kiosks and films are an excellent way to become familiar with the Annenbergs and the history of Sunnylands.