The gift to the $650 million Building LACMA campaign boosts the total raised to date toward construction of the planned David Geffen Galleries to more than $640 million. The final piece of a decades-long campaign to expand and improve the museum's galleries and public space, the new facility will replace four buildings built in 1965 and 1987 and will feature seven semi-transparent pavilions supporting a single elevated exhibition level with a floor-to-ceiling glass perimeter.
Several spaces in the facility will be named in recognition of the gift, including the W.M. Keck Plaza, the W.M. Keck Education Center, and a gallery in that center. Construction on the facility is set to begin by the end of February and is expected to last two years, with the museum remaining open for the duration.
"We are truly honored by the Keck Foundation's extraordinary generosity in moving our building plan forward as we increase our broad outreach to communities," said LACMA chief executive and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan. "Our community of donors is throwing their support behind our vision of how an art museum can nurture and celebrate our diverse city through historical and contemporary art from around the world."
"I am grateful to all the foundations and donors who are investing in this exciting reconceptualization of LACMA," said Los Angeles county supervisor Sheila Kuehl. "These plans will make the county's cultural assets more accessible to an even greater number of residents and visitors and deepen Los Angeles's reputation as a world-class and forward-thinking cultural capital."
(Rendering: Atelier Peter Zumthor)