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Three cities under consideration for Eli Broad's contemporary art museum

November 15, 2009 |  4:14 pm

Art collector and philanthropist Eli Broad has nearly doubled the size of the museum he plansto build on the Westside for his 2,000-piece collection of contemporary art, and Beverly Hills and Santa Monica are vying to be its home.

Saturday evening, in an interview with The Times' Mike Boehm--as he prepared to preside as co-chair over the local art scene's big event of the season, the 30th anniversary gala for the Museum of Contemporary Art--Broad said that he isn't playing the two municipalities against each other. He said a third city was also in the running, but he declined to name it. He said he hoped to accelerate the process of building the headquarters for his Broad Art Foundation by talking to several cities.

"We don't know which of those sites are going to work out. None of them are without complications," Broad said.

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