The historic art collection provides context for the newer works, providing for "dialogues between the contemporary and the very ancient," Rush said. "We're able now ... to examine the meaning of art throughout the centuries."
The inaugural exhibitions and displays include works from Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and others.
Particularly striking is an installation by Chinese-born artist Chen Qiulin that features half a dozen papier-mâché bodies suspended by wires, some of which slowly spin in a circular motion, and "Red Factor," a Buckminster Fuller-inspired parachute sculpture from Inigo Manglano-Ovalle that is suspended by cable in the 32-feet-high portion of a northwest gallery on the first floor.
Broad calls the museum "an architectural masterpiece that will propel this university and this region far into the future." An economic study predicted the museum will attract up to 150,000 visitors from around the world and pump millions of dollars into the regional economy every year.
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If You Go ...
BROAD ART MUSEUM: 547 East Circle Drive , East Lansing, Mich., http://broadmuseum.msu.edu or 517-884-3900. Closed Monday. Open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday from noon to 9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.