Eli and Edythe Broad’s impressive collection of art will finally have a home open to the public when the Broad opens on Grand Ave. next to MOCA and the Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 20. The announcement was made earlier this morning. “When we open our doors on September 20, we will be greatly advancing Eli and Edye’s vision of sharing contemporary art with the broadest possible audience,” says founding director of the Broad, Joanne Heyler. “The combination of innovative architecture and provocative art will make visiting The Broad an experience to remember.”
Eli and Edythe Broad have been patrons of the arts in L.A. ever since moving to the city in 1964. Their shared collection of art includes more than 2,000 pieces by some of the most well-known and iconic artists of the second half of the twentieth-century. Among them are works by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, Keith Haring, Barbara Kruger, and Jeff Koons. For the inaugural exhibition in September, the Broad will showcase Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s monumental, immersive, eight-screen video piece, The Visitors, which was only recently acquired.
Even though we’re a good eight months out from the official opening, the Broad will host a special preview of its third floor gallery with two installation pieces on February 15. The sound installation DTLA, by B.J. Nilsen brings bustling L.A. street life into the museum space while Yann Novak’s Stillness plays with and explores light and architecture in the building. Select pieces from the Broad’s permanent collection will also be on display. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.