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Eli and Edythe Broad have been regular visitors to Art Basel along with the founding director of the Broad, Joanne Heyler. But this year the collectors are giving the fair a miss: opening the Broad on September 20, a $140m, 120,000 sq. ft museum on Los Angeles’s Grand Avenue, has had to take priority.

Heyler is busy overseeing the installation of the inaugural hang in the Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed space, which will feature works from the Broad’s own collection and that of the Broad Art Foundation, which they established in 1984.

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When downtown L.A.’s Broad museum finally opens this fall, it will have not only an inaugural exhibition featuring Eli and Edythe Broad’s contemporary art collection but also newly acquired works that will be rolled out later in the museum's debut year, said Joanne Heyler, Broad Foundation director and chief curator.

One such piece is Jordan Wolfson’s life-sized, animatronic sculpture “(Female Figure) 2014.” The work generated much buzz when it premiered this year at David Zwirner gallery in Manhattan as part of the artist’s first solo show.

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Joanne Heyler, the Director and Chief Curator of the forthcoming Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles, has revealed select details surrounding the institution’s inaugural exhibit. The Broad, which will showcase the extensive collection of the financier/philanthropist Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, will open to the public in fall 2015. The museum was originally slated to open in 2014, but officials announced in February that the date had been pushed to 2015 due to construction delays.

Designed by the New York City-based architecture firm Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, the $140-million Broad boasts 120,000 square feet and will serve as the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation, a lending library of postwar and contemporary artworks founded by the Broads in 1984.

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