Today’s News: LACMA aims for $650 million makeover

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Remaking LACMA. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will unveil a planned $650 million makeover next month that would require demolishing much of the current museum.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

LACMA Director Michael Govan says a new design by Dutch architect Peter Zumthor – a Pritzker Prize winner – will redefine the encyclopedic museum for the 21st Century. To do that, the L.A. Times reports LACMA plans to gut much of the museum’s central core. The Hammer and Ahmanson buildings would be among the structures razed to make way for a new building along Wilshire Boulevard.  The new Broad Contemporary Art Museum on the LACMA campus would stay, as would the new Resnick Pavilion, the Japanese Pavilion and the May Company Building, an art deco landmark that is being converted into a film museum.

LACMA will launch a capital campaign to raise the money for the new building. The Times says construction would cost $450 million, with $200 million earmarked for other expenses. The new design will be shown to the public in June.

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