FROM A PRESS RELEASE DATED NOVEMBER 9, 2012:
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, a new Zaha Hadid-designed contemporary art museum, will open on Saturday, Nov. 10, following a 10 a.m. public dedication ceremony.
Dedicated to exploring global contemporary culture and ideas through art, the Broad Art Museum at MSU will serve as both an educational resource for the campus community and a cultural hub for the Mid-Michigan region. The museum will present contemporary works within a historical context through access to a study collection of more than 7,500 objects, ranging from the Greek and Roman periods to modern art.
The museum is named in honor of MSU alumnus Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, longtime supporters of the university who provided the lead gift of $28 million for the museum. The total fundraising goal for the building is $40 million, of which $38.8 million has been raised to date.
“Great art deserves great architecture, and so does a great university,” Simon said. “The Broad Museum’s bold concept and design reflect Michigan State’s ethos of connecting both campus and community to world-class innovation, global vision, and transformative opportunity.”
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA, the 46,000-square-foot Broad Art Museum at MSU features a striking façade of pleated stainless steel and glass, distinguishing the building from the traditional brick Collegiate Gothic north campus, and signaling the museum and the university’s forward-looking approach. The building features galleries for special exhibitions, modern and contemporary art, new media, photography and works on paper. The facility also includes an education wing, a works on paper study center, shop and café. Adjacent to the museum is an expansive outdoor sculpture garden and a large pedestrian plaza.
Located at one of the main entrances to campus at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Farm Lane, the Broad Art Museum will serve as a gateway between the university and the East Lansing community.
“Edye and I are delighted to make this innovative museum possible, and we expect that people from East Lansing and around the world will be drawn to see this bold architecture as much as to view the art within its walls,” Broad said. “This museum has special significance to us because it represents the intersection of two of our passions—art and education. There is no doubt that this museum will help propel MSU far into the future as it serves and enriches the students and community.”
The building includes gallery space for special exhibitions, modern and contemporary art, new media, photography, and works on paper. The three-level museum (lower level, ground floor, and second floor) includes two-level spaces that provide expansive views and dramatic sites for large-scale installations. Other features include:
Works on paper study center
Outdoor sculpture garden and pedestrian plaza
Designed to conform to the current international standards for museums. Ecologically sustainable features will enable LEED Certification:
Maximizing use of day-lighting to save energy and increase comfort
Solar control to take advantage of the sun’s energy for lighting and heat
Pedestrian-friendly site richly planted with mature trees and shrubs
Energy efficient heating, ventilating, and cooling system
Occupancy sensors to control lighting and selected features of the heating,
ventilation, and air conditioning system
Plumbing system that minimizes fresh water waste
Recycling stations to minimize the amount of waste products entering the