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First Sneak Peek Inside Downtown's The Broad Art Museum

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The Broad, developer/art-lover Eli Broad's vanity museum on Bunker Hill, has been delayed and delayed, but is now finally set to open on September 20 this year, in a honeycombed building by Diller Scofidio + Renfro that, so far, from the outside, has been a bit of a disappointment. Before the dividers go up inside its vast, columnless top-floor gallery (35,000 square feet), the museum let visitors get a look at some of its interior spaces this weekend (at $10 a head; admission will be free when the museum actually opens), with a sound installation by BJ Nilsen and, later, a light piece by local Yann Novak.

The Broad's cave-like escalator and glassy elevator are still not in commission; visitors rode up in the large elevator, still covered in boards, but similar to the one at the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA, which Broad commissioned and oversaw, then eventually abandoned for this project. Now it's The Broad that will have his foundation's collection of about 2,000 pieces of postwar and contemporary art, from Jasper Johns to Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman. The first exhibition in September will show off the permanent collection.


· The Broad [Curbed LA]

The Broad

Grand Ave. & Second St., Los Angeles, CA 90012