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Venice Architecture Biennale, Day 1: Govan and Zumthor make their LACMA pitch

Venice Architecture Biennale, Day 1: Govan and Zumthor make their LACMA pitch

Having won a measure of financial and political support at home for their plan to remake the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Michael Govan and Peter Zumthor have taken their show on the road — to Italy.

Govan, LACMA's director and chief executive since 2006, and Zumthor, the Swiss architect who has designed two remarkable art museums in Europe but never built in the United States, met up at Venice's Architecture Biennale on Thursday to present an oversize model of the new wing they hope will be completed by 2023.

"It's the right moment to show it to the professional community because the paradigm is there," Zumthor told me as the all-black model, showing a...

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