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The "Blunt Savvy" of Eli Broad

"For all of Eli Broad's consistent prominence on the public stage in recent years, the buildings he has helped develop make up a disparate, even contradictory group," writes Christopher Hawthorne as he describes the patron's philanthropic endeavors.

Los Angeles has always had difficulty discussing its collective future. "Few of its cultural institutions are robust enough to chart their own courses separate from the demands of influential donors. The city has always made room, however, for strong-willed individuals and their private architectural retreats." Eli Broad is one of the most prolific and most savvy of these individuals.

After working with Renzo Piano at LACMA, Broad has now trained his sights on downtown, where he is planning to open a 120,000 square foot, Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed museum to house his personal collection.

Full Story: Eli Broad: L.A.'s Peripatetic Patron

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