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Broad Art Museum in Downtown LA to Offer Free Admission, Opening Late 2015

The Broad Art Museum is slated to open late 2014 on Bunker Hill in Downtown LA

The Broad Art Museum is slated to open late 2014 on Bunker Hill in Downtown LA

On Tuesday morning (yesterday), The Broad Art Museum invited members of the media, design industry, and local stakeholders to a special sneak peek (hard hat tour) of the interior construction progress of the much-anticipated contemporary art museum being funded by billionaire and philanthropist Eli Broad. Like a very expensive sculpture being fine tuned — more rebar fastened and more concrete poured —  this amazing structure, designed by renowned architect firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is beginning to take shape nicely and looking more and more like the renderings that were released almost three years ago.

Unfortunately, the specific requirements of such a sophisticated design, which require specific materials some in short supply, have delayed the museum’s opening from early 2014 to late 2014 late 2015. For example, apparently a slow-down in production on a special fitted glass imported from Norway for the structure’s facade has contributed partially to the museum’s delayed opening among other technical difficulties.

Nevertheless, when The Broad does eventually open late next year, Downtown LA will gain one of the most extensive and significant private contemporary art collections in the world. The museum, a passionate pet project for the aging Broad who is now 80, will be home to 2,000 works by more than 200 artists. Some of those artists in the collection, according to The Broad Art Foundation, are “represented in exceptional depth, often spanning the entirety of a career.” These artsits include John Baldessari, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Anselm Kiefer, Barbara Kruger, Roy Lichtenstein, Sharon Lockhart, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Cy Twomby and Andy Warhol.

And where will most of the artwork be displayed for the public to muse over? The third floor, which will be the main gallery space boasting nearly an acre of exhibition space with an impressive column-free experience. In addition, the first-floor lobby includes a gallery for special exhibitions, bringing the total gallery space in the museum to more than 50,000 square feet.

Between The Broad and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) located across the street with its own extensive collection, Grand Ave on Bunker Hill could become the country’s most significant epicenter of curated contemporary art.

And the best part about all this wonderful art, revealed straight from the horse’s mouth (Mr. Eli Broad himself): Admission will be free.

“It has long been our goal to ensure that the contemporary artworks in the Broad collections are seen by the broadest possible public,” said Eli Broad. “We believe that free general admission to The Broad will help draw visitors to all of the cultural institutions along Grand Avenue.”

Hard Hat Tour Press Event 09.17.13

A view of the "honey comb" ceiling allowing ample natural light to filter in

A view of the “honey comb” ceiling allowing ample natural light to filter in

Eli Broad and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti speak to the media about the new museum

Eli Broad and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti speak to the media about the new museum

Eli Broad

The Broad Art Museum is funded by billionaire Eli Broad

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at The Broad press event

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at The Broad press event

The architect designing The Broad is Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The architect designing The Broad is Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

A view of the future exhibition space facing Grand Ave

A view of the future exhibition space facing Grand Ave

A closer view of the "honey comb" ceiling allowing natural light to filter through

A closer view of the “honey comb” ceiling allowing natural light to filter through

The front entrance area of the museum on the ground level with its curving form

The front entrance area of the museum on the ground level with its curving form

More Renderings of The Broad Art Museum

A cross-section of The Broad

A cross-section of The Broad

Exhibition space illuminated by natural light above

Exhibition space illuminated by natural light above

A central staircase leading up to the exhibition space

A central staircase leading up to the exhibition space

A circular elevator

A circular elevator

A rendering of the exterior facade when completed

A rendering of the exterior facade when completed

A view of The Broad Art Museum under construction located on Bunker Hill next to the world-famous Walt Disney Concert Hall

A view today of The Broad Art Museum under construction

3 Comments

  1. I am hoping Mr Broad and his fellow philanthropists will generously contribute to the proposed bridge connecting Broad Plaza to the future Bunker Hill Metro station across Hope Street.

    Funding this bridge will enhance access for thousands of Angelenos to experience the amazing cultural resources on Grand Avenue (including the Broad museum), while reducing the number of cars on the road.

  2. Thomas O' Connell says

    Dear MR Broad, BRAVO!….On my behalf and all native Angelenos and our new neighbors in town….THANK YOU! Thomas O’Connell

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