The Broad Benny Chan
Courtesy of The Broad. Photography: Benny Chan

New LA art museum The Broad will open the doors this Sunday to its ‘vault and veil’ building on Grand Avenue.

Designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the three-storey building has a honeycomb-like facade, resembling a veil, that filters daylight into the space. Inside, a concrete structure, dubbed ‘the vault’, stores the museum’s 2,000-work collection at its heart.

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Courtesy of The Broad. Photography: Iwan Baan

‘Our goal has been to honour the responsibilities of the museum as a collecting institution by making the curatorial functions visible front and centre,’ said Elizabeth Diller, principal-in-charge of Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Visitors will be able to glimpse into this concrete ‘vault’ structure as they descend from the third-floor gallery via a winding staircase.

The Broad Iwan Baan
Courtesy of The Broad. Photography: Iwan Baan

Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad, added: ‘This presentation gives the public just a hint at the totality of the collection—and a reason to come back many times to see fresh rotations, new acquisitions and in-depth special exhibitions.’

To kick off, the museum is displaying more than 250 contemporary works by 60 artists, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jeff Koons. Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away’ is also part of the inaugural exhibition.

The Broad will also have a programme of events, comprising talks, performances and film screenings.

The Broad Iwan Baan
Courtesy of The Broad. Photography: Iwan Baan

‘We built this collection and this museum so that contemporary art could be accessible to all,’ said philanthropist and art collector Eli Broad, who founded the museum together with wife Edythe. ‘We cannot imagine a more fitting home for our collection and our museum than on Grand Avenue, where we join some of the world’s leading cultural institutions.’

The Broad sits across the road from the Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by architect Frank Gehry. A revamped public plaza and a new restaurant called Otium, opening this autumn, are also part of the museum development.

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Courtesy of The Broad. Photography: Warren Air

Tomo is a London-based writer covering design and architecture. He contributes to The Spaces.

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