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Broad Museum - The New Kind of Space

  • Broad Museum LA
  • Broad Museum LA
  • Broad Museum LA
  • Broad Museum LA
  • Broad Museum LA
February 10, 2015

Very soon, the list of the most stunning museum buildings, including The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, and the list is not exhaustive, will be extended by one more intriguing building in Downtown Los Angeles. Even in its construction phase, the Broad museum proves that the houses art are just as important as the art itself.

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Construction worker inspecting pieces of the Broad’s veil – photo by Matt Ostrow/Diller Scofidio+Renfro 2/4/13

A Sneak Preview in February

For those agog to see it, the Broad is offering a not-so-sneak, as it was called in the Los Angeles Times, preview on Sunday, February 15, where the two installations will be set at the expansive column-free third-floor gallery (35,000-square-foot) before the art walls are put in place. For $10, visitors will be able to enjoy the “Sky-lit: Volume, Light and Sound at the Broad” exhibition. The event will include a sound work called DTLA, created especially for this occasion by the Swedish artist B. J. Nilsen. “Nilsen will bring the soundscape of downtown Los Angeles into The Broad”, as it is stated in the official Broad release. The second installation is an impressive light and sound work by the Los Angeles artist Yann Novak. Stillness will be activated after the sunset and will create a deep-reflection environment. The event will last for seven hours, with the start at 3pm.

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Jeff Koons – Metallic Venus, 2010 – 2012 – mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating and live flowering plants – The Broad Art Foundation
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The Broad exterior without scaffolding – photo by Gary Leonard
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Cindy Sherman – Untitled #512, 2010/2011 – chromogenic color print – The Broad Art Foundation

“Veil-and-Vault” Concept

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the building itself is 120,000-square-foot and will be featuring two floors of gallery space. It is located in the Downtown, LA, in the Grand Avenue arts corridor, across the street from architectural icons including Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art. In the words of the designer Liz Diller, “the Broad will be porous and absorptive, channeling light into its public spaces and galleries. The veil will play a role in the urbanization of Grand Avenue by activating two-way views that connect the museum and the street.”

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The floor gallery showing potential for large-scale installations like Robert Therrien’s ‘Under the Table’ rendering – Courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

From Rauschenberg to Kjartansson

Long time art lovers and famous philanthropists, Eli and Edythe Broad decided to finance the $140 million building which will house the Broad art collections containing more than 2000 pieces. The collection will be arranged in a chronological order, starting with the works of, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg from 1950s to a massive 64-minute video installation on nine screens “The Visitors” by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson created in 2012, in that way presenting the path of contemporary art of the post War world. The Broad’s personal collection also includes prominent artists like Cy Twombly, to start from the 50s. The Pop art of the 1960s will be represented through works by Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha and Andy Warhol, among others. The collection of 1980’s is plentiful with the works of Jean Michel Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, Keith Haring, Barbara Kruger and Jeff Koons. The great opening of the Broad museum is scheduled for September 20 and will be free of charge.

All images of construcion, renderings and artwork – Courtesy of The Broad.

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Lobby view from the north entrance with interior view of the glazing and veil rendering – Courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
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The plaza set up fpr programming rendering – Courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
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The Plaza and the 100-year old Barouni Olive trees rendering – Courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
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The plaza view from the restaurant rendering – Courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
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Cross walk connecting The Broad and the plaza to the east side of Grand Avenue rendering – Courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
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Third floor gallery entrance with escalator, cylindrical glass elevator and central stairwell rendering – Courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
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Third floor glass cylindrical elevator – photo by Nathaniel Riley 30/6/14
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Skylight monitors and third floor skylights – photo by Nelson and Sixta 19/12/13
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105ft escalator that will take visitors directly to the third floor gallery – photo by Nelson and Sixta 12/19/14
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The Broad lobby – photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging 17/9/14
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Construction worker working on skylight monitors – photo by Ryan Miller/Caption Imaging 9/17/13
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Side view of The Broad with the first floor and the roof cantilevers – photo by Benny Chan 5/12/13