Los Angeles | The Broad: inaugural exhibition

Place: Los Angeles, Country: United States
The Broad Museum - L.A.
Text by Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit
Images courtesy of The Broad

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Installation of three works by Roy Lichtenstein in The Broad’s third-floor galleries; photo by Bruce Damonte, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Los Angeles | The Broad museum: inaugural exhibition

The day has come. On September 20, 2015, the new museum of Contemporary art envisaged by Eli and Edithe Broad and designed by the architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro opens.

The inaugural installation features a selection of The Broad’s collection, composed of about 2,000 works of art.
Beginning at the third floor of the museum, the exhibition, arranged in chronological order, presents an outstanding ensemble of 250 pieces by American and international artists.
The third-floor gallery is one of the most spectacular spaces of the museum: a 34,000 square-foot gallery where artworks “float” in a pure-white space filled with light coming from the “porous” ceiling studded by 318 rhomboidal skylights.

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Installation of works by Christopher Wool and Jeff Koons in The Broad’s third-floor galleries; photo by Bruce Damonte, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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The Broad museum’s lobby with escalator; photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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Visitors at The Broad’s collection storage viewing windows; photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The sections that compose the exhibition create an ideal itinerary beginning in the ’50s and going up to the present day. Chronological galleries featuring works by various artists alternate with galleries dedicated to a single artist, like Andy Warhol and Cy Twombly, and large “immersive” artworks such as Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room” and a 82-foot-long painting by Takashi Murakami.

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Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013, © Yayoi Kusama, Courtesy of David Zwirner, N.Y.

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The Broad museum’s third-floor galleries with skylights and interior veil; photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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Installation of works by Neo Rauch, Robert Longo and Mark Bradford in The Broad’s first-floor galleries; photo by Bruce Damonte, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Works on view include paintings, sculptures, installations and photographs by artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, Sherrie Levine, Jack Goldstein, Glenn Ligon, Andreas Gursky, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, among others.

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Jasper Johns, Flag, 1967, encaustic and collage on canvas (three panels), 33 1/2 x 56 1/4 in., Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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Ed Ruscha, Norm’s, La Cienega, on Fire, 1964, oil and pencil on canvas, 64 1/2 x 124 3/4 x 2 1/2 in., © Ed Ruscha

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Installation of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Ahearn and Robert Therrien in The Broad’s third-floor galleries; photo by Bruce Damonte, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1981, acrylic and oilstick on canvas, 81 x 69 1/4 in., © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS New York 2015, Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio, L.A.

All images courtesy of The Broad Museum.


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