It’s hard to resist the image of Eli and Edythe Broad sitting in their mansion high above Los Angeles and watching the world’s largest home video screen as the monument to their artistic taste is being built as part of his long-delayed vision for Grand Avenue — the city’s priciest real estate thanks to decades of massive public subsidies.
construction camera enables viewers to monitor real-time progress of The Broad,
a new contemporary art museum that philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad are
building on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles, the museum announced today.
webcam can be viewed at http://broadartfoundation.org/
and includes a time-lapse video of the project.
is underway on a three-story parking garage that The Broad Foundations are
building and financing for the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles,
which will own and operate the garage upon its completion.
of the museum, which will be designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is expected
to begin in early 2012 and be completed in 2013.
will be home to the 2,000-piece Broad Collections, which feature more than 200
artists and include unparalleled, in-depth groupings of works by select artists
such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Robert Rauschenberg,
Roy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol and many others. The
museum will also serve as the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation.
will be a 120,000-square-foot, three-level facility and will include approximately
50,000 square feet of gallery space on two floors, a lecture hall for up to 200
people, a public lobby with display space and a museum shop. The project will
include a state-of-the-art archive, study and storage space that will be
available to scholars and curators who want to research works in the collection
and borrow artworks for their institutions through The Broad Art Foundation’s
worldwide lending program.
Eli and Edythe Broad created The Broad Art Foundation in 1984 as a pioneering
lending library for contemporary artworks. Dedicated to increasing access to
contemporary art for audiences worldwide, the foundation has made nearly 8,000
loans to 485 museums and galleries around the world. In addition to The Broad
Art Foundation’s works, the loan program also makes available art from The Eli
and Edythe L. Broad Collection. Together, the Broad Collections are among the
most prominent collections of postwar and contemporary art in the world. For
more information on The Broad Art Foundation, please visit www.broadartfoundation.org.