As you know I am not an art lover and in particular I certainly don't understand a contemporary art, but I was 'forced' by 'you know who' :-) to become acquainted with the Broad, a contemporary art museum in downtown LA. Apparently it holds one of the most prominent collections of postwar and contemporary art worldwide and it's a home to more than 2,000 works of art. I have to admit that some of the paintings were pleasant to look at, but as I said before, I am not an art lover or a connoisseur so I do not understand an artistic vision or don't see any deeper meaning besides of enjoying what I can see. I'll describe some other time few paintings that I thought were nice, but for now just wanted to tell you more about the building itself (it's this 'honeycomb' like one in the pictures).
The Broad is designed by world-renowned architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) in collaboration with Gensler.
The building design is based on a concept entitled 'the veil and the vault'. 'The veil' is a porous envelope that wraps the whole building, filtering and transmitting daylight to the indoor space. 'The vault' is a concrete body which forms the core of the building, dedicated to artworks storage, laboratories, curatorial spaces and offices
The 'veil' is made of 2,500 fiberglass-reiforced concrete panels and 650 tons of steel. 36 million pounds of concrete make up the 'vault'. The vault walls are made of Venetian plaster.
I think the building looks very impressive and I would not hesitate to call it an architectural masterpiece. What do you think Atria?
I am your dad Atria.