In advance of its official opening on September 20, 2015, the Broad Museum in Los Angeles has announced the acquisition of more than fifty works.
Among the standout pieces are works by Robert Longo, Goshka Macuga, Julie Mehretu and Takashi Murakami, as well as Robert Rauschenberg's Combine, 1954. The museum's inaugural installation, which will feature some two hundred and fifty works from the collection of philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, is being curated by its founding director, Joanne Heyler.
Currently under construction in downtown Los Angeles, the Broad, when it opens, will offer free admission to one of the world's leading collections of postwar and contemporary art. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the 120,000-square-foot museum will feature 50,000 square feet of public exhibition space on two floors, including a sky-lit column-free top-floor gallery spanning nearly a full acre. The building also boasts 21,000 square feet of onsite art storage that will serve as the headquarters for the ongoing operations of the Broad Art Foundation’s global art-lending program.
"One of the great delights of working with the Broad collection is the ability to add works by renowned masters such as John Baldessari or Robert Rauschenberg while also building our holdings in very contemporary works made by new generations of artists," said Heyler. "We look forward to presenting these works at the museum, and to engaging and inspiring the public with truly contemporary works that reflect our expanding viewpoint on today’s art."