The Broad marks 5th anniversary with free exhibitions

The Broad museum

From left: John Baldessari, ‘Buildings=Guns=People: Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog),’ 1985. Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio, Los Angeles. Art © John Baldessari; Kara Walker, ‘The White Power Gin / Machine to Harvest the Nativist Instinct for Beneficial Uses to Border Crossers Everywhere,’ 2019. © Kara Walker; Andy Warhol, ‘Liz [Early Colored Liz],’ 1963. © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society, New York.

LOS ANGELES – The Broad Museum’s 2020 slate will cast new light on its world-renowned postwar and contemporary art collection built over 50 years by founders Eli and Edythe Broad.

Beginning mid-February, The Broad will dedicate its first and third-floor galleries to a series of free exhibitions and in-depth, single-artist presentations in a unique, rolling sequence that includes deep dives into the work of icons of American postwar art and 1960s pop, key artists of the 1980s New York and Los Angeles art scenes, and works by important figures of the 1990s to the present day.

The Broad will open “Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog),” a free exhibition on April 4 featuring four Los Angeles artists from its collection: John Baldessari, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger and Ed Ruscha.

New, major acquisitions by artists Kara Walker and Andy Warhol will debut in their respective single-artist installations this summer.

A free anniversary exhibition opening Sept. 26 will highlight additional acquisitions by artists new to the Broad collection as the museum continues to expand its renowned collection.

Fifth anniversary year events will include Un-Private Collection talks featuring iconic artists including Ed Ruscha and Takashi Murakami, special Family Weekend Workshop events and a public celebration in September.

In September, The Broad will co-publish with Delmonico Prestel a special fifth anniversary publication focusing on 50 of the most vital works in the Broad collection.