The Los Angeles Broad will expand

The Broad has formalized its expansion project. Building on its success, the contemporary art museum plans to build an extension directly connected to the main building, with new spaces for exhibitions, programming and reserves. Work is expected to begin in 2025 and last three years so that the new structure will be open to the public for the Los Angeles Summer Olympics in 2028.

The 5,100 m² extension is by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the New York firm which also designed the original building. It will rise directly behind the existing structure (11,000 m²), to which it will be connected by a passage on the third floor. It is planned to create new exhibition rooms on three floors and a storage space – visible to the public – on the second. Two outdoor courtyards will feature artwork intended for the outdoors, while a new programming space will host performances, concerts and multimedia installations. According to Los Angeles Timesthe museum would thus increase its current exhibition space by 70%.

Joanne Heyler, the director of the Broad, specified that the project had been in preparation since the end of 2022, as attendance at the museum had far exceeded their expectations. When it opened in 2015, the museum planned to welcome around 250,000 visitors per year, although more than 900,000 would have come each year. “With this expansion, we intend to amplify the Broad's commitment to access to contemporary art for all, offering surprising, welcoming and imaginative experiences that honor the diversity of our audiences.”she said.

According to museum officials, the expansion is expected to cost about $100 million (€93 million), almost as much as the construction of the original building, which cost $140 million (€130 million). euros). They also assured that entry to the museum will remain free.

The Broad is a private museum located in the heart of Los Angeles, founded in 2015 by Eli and Edythe Broad to house their collection of more than 2,000 works of contemporary art. The museum exhibits only 250 of them through a chronological journey from the post-war period to the end of the 20th century, which presents the works of recognized artists such as Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988 ), Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), Jeff Koons (born 1955) and Barbara Kruger (born 1945). The museum also organizes temporary exhibitions, the next one is dedicated to the artist Mickalene Thomas (from May 25 to September 29, 2024).

The Los Angeles Broad.

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