L.A.'s contemporary art museum and its sister restaurant bring a new world of culture and cuisine to the city's downtown scene.
Philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad are as passionate about modern art as they are about their city, Los Angeles. The husband and wife have amassed an exceptional personal art collection that includes more than 2,000 works from 200 important contemporary artists, including Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. This month, they made that collection public at the long-awaited Broad museum, situated in downtown L.A. in a vaulted white honeycombed building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. It's a defining achievement for the Broads, who have been working to revitalize downtown for 35 years.
The opening of The Broad is further proof of downtown's status as Los Angeles's cultural hub. The four-square-block area surrounding the new museum is home to some of the most important institutions in the city, like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Central Public Library. It's an astonishingly rich arts community, one that Eli Broad has been dreaming of since 1979, when he became the founding chairman of MOCA.