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BCAM Los Angeles

BCAM Los Angeles

Move over MOCA, there's a new Broad in town.

The Broad Contemporary Museum of Art is the newest addition to the Los Angeles County Musuem of Art (LACMA), and one of the largest column-free art spaces in the United States. The three story building is the second California architectural project from the Renzo Piano Project Workshop, and the 60,000 square feet of exhibition space will house art soley from 1945 to the present.

Clad in Italian travertine and topped with a glass roof, the BCAM boldly announces its presence. The light-filled space is home to six loft-like galleries and over 200 contemporary works.

An open-air, blazing red escalator hugs the museum exterior and leads to the main entrance on the third floor, where permament installations from Jeff Koons, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, and Barbara Kruger appear alongside post-war works from the private collection of trustee Eli Broad.

While the space is vast, there is a distinctly intimate feel. The rooms flow seamelssly, connecting 2nd floor exhibitions by Damien Hirst and Cindy Sherman, and a gigantic glass elevator takes visitors down to the 1st level, where two massive steel sculptures from Richard Serra's Band emerge as intriguing focal points.

The modern enthusiast will delight in stumbling upon four paintings by Ellsworth Kelly, and rumor has it that pieces from Jean-Michel Basquiat hide somewhere within the BCAM walls.

Also opening will be the BP Grand Entrance, an 8,100 square-foot, open-air pavilion. Lighting the way is Urban Light, an eclectic installation by Chris Burden comprised of more than 200 cast-iron street lamps, which recieve power from rooftop solar panels.

The grand unveiling of BCAM takes place mid-February and marks the completion of Phase I of Transformation, LACMA's ambitious program of expansion and renovation.

JW

Images courtey © 2008 LACMA

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  • Mary Bohler

    February 4, 2008

    This museum will be a ‘must visit’ if ever I venture to LA againl What a crown jewel for Los Angeles.
    Wonderful job on the write up describing the museum. Thanks.

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