Eli Broad donates artwork to Michigan State University museum


Eli Broad is donating 19 works of art from his collection to the new museum at Michigan State University in East Lansing that bears his name. The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is set to be dedicated Nov. 10.

The donation includes the large-scale Roxy Paine sculpture “Containment 1,” which will be displayed outdoors. The other works of art include pieces in various media by Robert Longo, Ross Bleckner, Elizabeth Murray, Sue Williams, Terry Winters, Donald Baechler, Jonathan Borofsky, Peter Halley and Jonathan Lasker.

The Broads gave $26 million to MSU in 2007 for the creation of the museum. Eli Broad is an alumnus of the university.


Construction on the Zaha Hadid-designed museum at the East Lansing campus began in March 2010. The museum had previously been set to open in April, but a delay reportedly arose from a problem with glass panels that did not fit properly.

Broad’s art collection -- which numbers in the thousands of pieces-- will be the main subject of the billionaire’s new contemporary art museum in downtown L.A., on Grand Avenue. The museum, which is under construction, is scheduled to open in 2014.


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