Monday, January 10, 2011
New Design for LA's Broad Museum Released Today
The LA Times has given us a sneak peak at the designs by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro for Eli Broad's ambitious museum plans in downtown Los Angeles.
Christopher Hawthorne, the Times' architecture critic, opines, "... for anyone familiar with the work of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, New York-based architects of the three-story, 114,000-square-foot museum, what comes across most strongly in the design is a sense of a restless creative imagination muted, held back and otherwise reined in. There are few signs in the scheme of the firm's hyperactive, hyper-analytical approach to architecture and its playful willingness to race back and forth across disciplinary boundaries."
Staff writer Mike Boehm writes, "The plan is to open in 2013 with about 200 of the best works from a collection that dates from the 1950s onward and is built around such luminaries as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Then a cycle of rotating special exhibits will begin, each focusing in-depth on one of the artists the Broads have collected and occupying up to a third of the 33,000 square feet of exhibition space. Curators eventually may augment works from the collection with borrowed pieces that help fill out the story of an artist or a strand of contemporary art history.".