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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : LACMA : Broad Contemporary Art Museum

Today we arrive at LACMA’s Broad Contemporary Art Museum, in Los Angeles, for our Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

In 2008, LACMA opened the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM). This was following a generous $60 million donation. The donation was made by Eli and Edyth Broad in 2003, through the Broad Foundation. The agreement was that with this money, LACMA would open a new wing dedicated to contemporary art. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here.

1. Textile fragment, circa 1450, China by Unknown
2. Shoe buckles, 1760s, England by Unknown
3. Slippers, circa 1870 by Unknown

Image courtesy for artworks : LACMA

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • Eli Broad is an American billionaire businessman and art collector. In 2019, he was ranked the 78th richest person in America. The Broad Foundation, run by Eli and his wife Edythe is dedicated to promoting education, science and the arts. Along with being a vice chairman at LACMA, Eli Broad is also the trust of the MoMA, New York and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
  • BCAM was designed by Renzo Piano who was given 60,000 square feet of space to work with. Renzo was chosen by Broad himself for the project.
  • LACMA’s then director Michael Govan said : “ The creation of BCAM greatly expands LACMA’s contemporary art program, both enriching the experience of its historical collections and placing LACMA in a position of prominence in the area of contemporary art among encyclopedic museums. We are additionally pleased that BCAM will enable us to show the work of several key artists in great depth, providing an exceptionally rewarding The Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA experience for visitors. We are deeply grateful to the Broads for their generous contribution to LACMA and its future.”
  • At its inauguration, BCAM already featured some important names for post-war and contemporary art. Jeff Koons, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha and Cy Twombly were just a few key artists.

A Final Thought

The main challenge Piano was faced with in the construction of the new section was working with Pereira’s original architecture. He proposed to build a 20,000 sq ft entry pavilion, along with an 800 ft long pedestrian walk way. His plan was approved and executed. Piano was quoted telling the Times : “All cities are a mess, the question is how you tie this mess together.”

Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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