Growth spurt for Broad cache

More than 50 new and post­war pieces are added as mu­seum nears fall open­ing.

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - By Deb­o­rah Vankin

The Broad mu­seum, in prepa­ra­tion for its fall open­ing in down­town Los An­ge­les, an­nounced Tues­day that it has beefed up its col­lec­tion of post­war and con­tem­po­rary art with the ac­qui­si­tion of more than 50 new works.

Among the ad­di­tions to a 2,000-plus-piece col­lec­tion that phi­lan­thropists Eli and Edythe Broad have amassed dur­ing the last 40 years: a vast 2014 paint­ing by Takashi Mu­rakami, “In the Land of the Dead, Step­ping on the Tail of a Rain­bow.” At 82 feet long and 10 feet high, it’s the largest paint­ing in the col­lec­tion and joins 10 other Mu­rakami works.

The mu­seum also added a racially and po­lit­i­cally charged char­coal draw­ing by Robert Longo, “Un­ti­tled (Fer­gu­son Po­lice, Au­gust 13, 2014).”

The 10-foot-long piece de­picts a line of po­lice dur­ing protests in Fer­gu­son, Mo., af­ter the fa­tal shoot­ing of Michael Brown.

“It’s been true for decades now that the Broad col-

lec­tions have been ac­tively ac­quir­ing works from the post­war pe­riod,” said Joanne Heyler, the mu­seum’s found­ing di­rec­tor, re­fer­ring to the Broads’ per­sonal col­lec­tion and their foun­da­tion’s hold­ings, both of which will be on dis­play. “Of­ten that means Pop art, but not al­ways.”

Ac­qui­si­tions in the last year have in­cluded works by a new gen­er­a­tion, of­ten pur­chased within a year of com- ple­tion.

“We have a Rauschen­berg com­bine from the 1950s and at the same time are adding art­works by younger artists,” Heyler said.

Along those lines, the re­cent ac­qui­si­tions in­clude works by artists al­ready well rep­re­sented in the Broad col­lec­tion: five lith­o­graphs by Ed Ruscha, Jeff Koons’ poly­chrome bronze “Hulk (Or­gan),” a 2015 John Baldessari dip­tych ti­tled “Pic­tures & Scripts: Honey — what words come to mind?” as well as the photo-based Baldessari piece “Hor­i­zon­tal Men, 1984” and a set of screen prints from Baldessari’s 2012 “Eight Soups” se­ries.

The Broad also ac­quired three sculp­tures by Cy Twombly and work by Christo­pher Wool and Damien Hirst.

Heyler is cu­rat­ing the mu­seum’s inau­gu­ral in­stal­la­tion, a largely chrono­log­i­cal show­ing of works from the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion that will take over the en­tire build­ing.

Only some of the new ac­qui­si­tions, in­clud­ing the Longo piece, will be part of that ex­hi­bi­tion, she said.

“We have a long fu­ture ahead of us in this build­ing, and over the course of time we will show all of them,” she said.

The Broad is sched­uled to open Sept. 20 across the street from the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, fur­ther defin­ing the stretch of Grand Av­enue be­tween 2nd and 3rd streets in down­town L.A. as a blos­som­ing cor­ri­dor of con­tem­po­rary art.

The $140-mil­lion, hon­ey­comb-like build­ing by Diller Scofidio + Ren­fro has 50,000 square feet of public ex­hi­bi­tion space on two floors. The Broads have en­dowed their mu­seum with “north of $200 mil­lion,” Eli Broad has said. Ad­mis­sion will be free.

“Edye and I have al­ways loved col­lect­ing art, but we have a new ex­cite­ment and energy in ac­quir­ing new art­works now that we’re open­ing the Broad,” Eli Broad said in an in­ter­view. “We’re ex­cited to dis­cover new artists and art­works, es­pe­cially when we have the op­por­tu­nity to meet the artist and see their works in progress. These new ac­qui­si­tions are truly art of our time, and we can’t wait to share them with the public.”

The most re­cent ac­quisi-

tion is the Julie Mehretu 2015 ink-and-acrylic-on-can­vas “In­vis­i­ble Sun (al­go­rithm 8, fa­ble form).” It’s the New York-based artist’s third work in the Broad col­lec­tion.

Works by artists Goshka Macuga and Ella Kruglyan­skaya also have been ac­quired.

Af­ter open­ing, the mu­seum will of­fer a slate of pro­gram­ming, in­clud­ing talks and mu­sic per­for­mances.

It also plans out­door film screen­ings in warmer months, and in 2016 the Broad will be­gin show­ing tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions in the first-f loor gallery.

Robert McKeever Broad Ar t Foun­da­tion

THIS ROBERT RAUSCHEN­BERG com­bine from 1954 was re­cently added to the col­lec­tion.

A MAS­SIVE TAKASHI MU­RAKAMI paint­ing, “In the Land of the Dead, Step­ping on the Tail of a Rain­bow” (2014), joins other Mu­rakami works in the col­lec­tion.

JEFF KOONS re­an­i­mates a car­toon hero in the poly­chromed bronze sculp­ture “Hulk (Or­gan),” now part of the Broad hold­ings.

Robert McKeever

ROBERT LONGO con­fronts re­cent events in “Un­ti­tled (Fer­gu­son Po­lice, Au­gust 13, 2014).” It’ll be on view when the Broad opens.

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