The Broad opened to the public with free general admission on Sept. 20 as L.A.’s newest contemporary art museum on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, The Broad features one of the largest column-free gallery spaces in the country, and its unique “veil” structure surrounds the building and bathes the third-floor galleries with filtered, indirect natural light.
The inaugural installation features over 250 artworks drawn from the 2,000 works of art in The Broad Art Foundation collection and Eli and Edythe Broad’s personal holdings.
A key element of the museum’s architecture is its second-floor “vault,” which hovers between the sculptural lobby and the top-floor galleries and houses the massive storage for the remaining artworks in the collection, while overlook windows give visitors a glimpse into the vault’s contents and the inner workings of a museum.
The Broad also serves as the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s lending program. Eli and Edythe Broad funded the $140 million construction of the museum and provided a more than $200 million endowment to ensure its operations as a gift to the city of Los Angeles.
amount spent on construction and endowment
value of artworks in The Broad collection