19/10/2012 - The new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University will be dedicated on Saturday, November 10 at 10 a.m., kicking off a weekend of opening events. Committed to exploring international contemporary culture and ideas through art, the Broad MSU will serve as an educational resource for the university and a cultural hub for the state of Michigan. The museum also will actively engage the international artistic community through a series of partnerships with contemporary art spaces around the world.
The outdoor dedication ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a conversation with founding donor and MSU alumnus Eli Broad and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid moderated by museum director Michael Rush. Tours of the building will begin at noon, and are open to the public with advance registration. The museum will host an open house for the entire community on Sunday, November 11, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information on the opening events, including registration, visit broadmuseum.msu.edu.
“The opening of the new museum is an important milestone for Michigan State University, East Lansing and the region, and we look forward to welcoming everyone during the dedication weekend,” Rush said. “We are creating an institution unique among university art museums, with Zaha Hadid’s innovative design and our mission of focusing on international contemporary art, and we are eager to launch our full spectrum of exhibitions and programs”.
Designed by Hadid, the 46,000-square-foot Broad MSU features a striking façade of pleated stainless steel and glass, distinguishing the new building from the traditional brick Collegiate Gothic north campus and signaling the museum and the university’s forward-looking approach. Seventy percent of the space will be devoted to art display, including areas for special exhibitions, modern and contemporary art, new media, photography and works on paper.