Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing

(3.2/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, is a contemporary art museum at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. It opened on November 10, 2012.HistoryOn June 1, 2007, Michigan State received a $28 million donation from businessman Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, for the construction of a new art museum, to replace the old Kresge Art Museum in the school's art building. At their June 15 meeting, the MSU Board of Trustees approved the construction of the museum with initial plans to demolish the building then in the proposed location, the Paolucci Building. Michael Rush was named as the founding director in December 2010. Michael Rush passed away from pancreatic cancer on March 27, 2015. Marc-Olivier Wahler was named the director on March 9, 2016.Design competitionFollowing the approval of the museum there were initially 10 semifinalist firms identified from a field of approximately 30 firms. From the list of semifinalists, five architectural firms were selected to submit competition proposals. The proposed building was to include a minimum of 26000sqft of gallery space and would accommodate both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The new facilities would allow MSU’s art museum to offer educational opportunities and programming such as lectures by visiting scholars, curators, artists and faculty; seminars, docent training; and special activities for families and school groups. The five finalists were:Zaha Hadid – LondonCoop Himmelb(l)au – Vienna/Los AngelesMorphosis – Santa MonicaKohn Pedersen Fox Associates, PC – New YorkRandall Stout Architects, Inc. – Los Angeles The selection committee announced on January 15, 2008, that Zaha Hadid had been selected.
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  • A most interesting place for exhibiting art. However, the galleries are rather oddly arranged. Exhibitions are varied and by and large contemporary art; not all of which will be interesting to all vis...  more »
  • The "art" displayed in this museum is strange, which I have no beef with. However, there were a few exhibits on the second floor (which contains "mature" subject matter) that were over the top crude. ...  more »
  • This is a beautiful building and extremely modern structure and which contrasts with the rest of the infrastructure. Everything is very modern so it not it would recommend to someone that you don't like this genre but otherwise it is interesting and free.
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  • This location was... strange. The building itself is as unique as the art they choose to exhibit. Not a family-friendly environment, and hardly an environment for anyone who doesn't understand and appreciate very innovative art. The staff is rude and will make the guests uncomfortable as they follow you and almost force you from exhibit to exhibit. I was glad the museum tour was free as I found myself regretting my visit by the end.
  • We went there expecting to see at least a portion of the 7,000 classical works from the Kresge Museum. It took us a whopping 12 minutes to get through the often disturbing "art". Nothing classical, if we wanted disturbing images we would have turned on the news. Doesn't even get one star. We will never go back and we will spread the word.
  • Small gallery with an interesting collection, the Zaha Hadid building is stunning.
  • Not a family-friendly environment. I love the design of the building. The current exhibit is more shock art IMHO then classical.
  • The building is beautiful. However the staff was quite pretentious and rude. My husband and I took our children and the staff followed us around like they thought we were going to steal something. It made us very uncomfortable and we definitely will not be returning.