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Behind the veil and vault

Move over Walt Disney Concert Hall, a new architectural masterpiece moved in across the street in Los Angeles this week.

The Broad Museum on Grand Avenue opened its doors Sunday, ushering visual arts connoisseurs in to view its 250 masterworks of contemporary art, according to a press release.

Art collectors and philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad founded the self-titled museum to share their personal collection with the public.

“Edye and I are delighted to welcome the public to our museum,” said Eli Broad. “We built this collection and this museum so that contemporary art could be accessible to all. We cannot imagine a more fitting home for our collection and our museum than on Grand Avenue, where we join some of the world’s leading cultural institutions.”

In collaboration with Gensler rchitecture firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed the museum to house over 2,000 pieces of art in total. Nicknamed “the veil and the vault,” the museum provides not only gallery space (the veil), but also extensive collection storage (the vault) for lending activities, according to the press release.

“Our goal has been to honor the responsibilities of the museum as a collecting institution by making the curatorial functions visible front and center,” said Elizabeth Diller, the principal-in-charge of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. “The porous exoskeleton that we call the veil admits filtered natural daylight, channeling light into the public spaces and galleries.”

The main exhibits house pieces from the 1950’s and 60’s through the 1990’s and includes works from artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

The Broad Museum is free and open Tuesday through Sunday. Visitors can reserve advanced tickets online to ensure admission during their preferred date and time.

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