Late 2015, Los Angeles will welcome two new museums: The Petersen Automotive Museum and the art museum simply called, The Broad. Before discussing these civic structures, let’s step back to the architecture of museums in general.
Traditionally, museums are empty vessels that come to life when artwork is inserted. This museum architecture is a neutral backdrop.
In opposition to this premise, architect Frank Gehry’s 1997 Guggenheim Museum is a work of art itself, and symbiotically co-exists with the art and sculptural installations.