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Eli Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles sets fall 2015 opening

Eli Broad stands in the main gallery featuring a skylighted ceiling during a tour of the Broad, the new contemporary art museum in Los Angeles currently under construction.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Eli Broad’s new contemporary art museum that is currently rising in downtown Los Angeles will now open some time in fall 2015, organizers said on Tuesday.

The museum has experienced delays since construction began in 2012, and an expected 2014 opening was scratched earlier this year.

Broad officials didn’t provide specific dates in their announcement. The museum, designed by the firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is expected to cost about $140 million and will feature artwork from the private collection of Eli and Edythe Broad. It will offer mostly free admission to the public. (There will be a charge for temporary special exhibitions.)

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The delay in opening involves the building’s complicated exterior design, which resembles a lattice pattern. The Broad is currently involved in a lawsuit with a subcontractor, Seele Inc., hired to create the exterior.

The museum is claiming that the problems have driven up costs by at least $19.8 million and caused the museum to delay its opening by at least 15 months.

Officials at the Broad and Seele have agreed to continue construction on the museum and to face off later over the dispute.

The Broad will be located on Grand Avenue in downtown L.A., close to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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