[Photos by Nathaniel Riley for The Broad]
Framing on The Broad art museum on Grand Avenue topped out today with the raising of a final steel beam. The ceremony was a hot ticket, of course--philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, who are funding the museum, were there, as was Mayor Villaraigosa. New York architect hotshots Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed the three-story museum, which is nicknamed "the vault and the veil" for its concrete anchor portion (which appears to float) and its honeycomb-ish exterior. The museum will have about 50,000 square feet of gallery space, a lecture hall, a public lobby, and a museum shop, as well as archive and study space. It'll be home to the Broads' Broad Art Foundation and the "2,000 work Broad Collections, which feature artworks by more than 200 artists and unparalleled, in-depth groupings of works by select artists such as Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman, Jean-Michel Basquiat and many others," according to a press release. It's set to open in mid-2014. Check out some construction photos above.
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