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The Un-Private Collection: Takashi Murakami and Pico Iyer

Thursday May 29, 2014 at 11:00pm ET, 8:00pm PST | The Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles

In anticipation of the museum opening in downtown Los Angeles in 2015, The Broad is holding talks at venues around L.A. with cultural leaders and influential artists in the Broad collections. On May 29, internationally acclaimed contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, who is represented by 11 works in the Broad collections, will be in conversation with author and longtime resident of Japan Pico Iyer. Murakami is known for his bold, graphic works that merge fine art, design and animation and continue to blur the lines between high art and pop culture. Iyer’s writings intersect with Murakami’s work in their focus on the common disconnect between local tradition and imported global pop culture. The pair will discuss the complex social and historical narratives woven into Murakami’s work and how they reflect upon contemporary Japanese culture.

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The Broad is a new contemporary art museum being built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad in downtown Los Angeles. The museum, which is designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will open to the public in 2015 and will be home to the nearly 2,000 works of art in The Broad Art Foundation and the Broads' personal collections, which are among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. With its innovative "vault-and-veil" concept, the 120,000-square-foot, $140 million building will feature two floors of gallery space to showcase The Broad's comprehensive collections and will be the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation's worldwide lending library.

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