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Edward R. Broida

Birthplace: Cleveland, OH, USA
Death: Died in Malibu, CA, USA
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Son of Leonard Broida and Anita Broida
Husband of <private> Broida (Galante)
Father of <private> Broida
Brother of Robert Ira Broida

Occupation: architect / builder / art collector
Managed by: Amy Feldman
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EDWARD R. BROIDA, 1934-2006

Edward R. Broida, 72, Los Angeles real-estate mogul and contemporary art collector, died at his home in Malibu on Mar. 14, after a long battle with cancer. He started collecting in 1978, buying works by Philip Guston, Mark Rothko and Franz Kline as well as more recent art. In 2005 he donated a $50-million collection of 174 works by 38 artists to the Museum of Modern Art. "Against the Grain: Contemporary Art from the Edward R. Broida Collection" opens at the museum, May 3-July 10, 2006.

The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts was recently the recipient of a gift of 14 artworks by both American and International contemporary artists. These artworks, including paintings, drawings, sculpture and ceramics will be installed at the Museum in the show, Edward R. Broida - A Collector on the Edge. The gift came via the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston who in turn received a large group of art as a bequest from the collector Edward R. Broida. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston chose to share some of this large collection with other art museums across Texas, including SAMFA.

Edward R. Broida, an architect and real estate developer, retired at 40 so he could devote his fortune to his passion, collecting contemporary art. In the span of more than 20 years, he put together one of the most outstanding collections of modern and contemporary art in the United States. His collections consisted of more than 700 paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints. In 2006, at the age of 72, he passed away, leaving behind one of the country’s premier private art collections. He was a generous philanthropist, donating a substantial portion of his collection to art museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as well as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.



Edward R. Broida, 72, Collector of Art, Is Dead

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Published: May 6, 2006

Edward R. Broida, an architect and real estate developer who retired at 40 so he could devote his fortune to his passion, collecting contemporary art, died on April 14 at his home in Malibu, Calif. He was 72.

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A Brancusi "Kiss" sculpture of Mr. Broida's sold for $3.6 million.

The cause was cancer, his wife, Gisele Galante Broida, said.

On Wednesday, an exhibition, "Against the Grain: Contemporary Art From the Edward R. Broida Collection," opened at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. On display are more than 100 of the 174 artworks that Mr. Broida donated to the museum last year. The exhibition will continue through July 10.

Among the noted American artists that he collected were Philip Guston, Vija Celmins, Christopher Wilmarth and Mark di Suvero.

"Like Broida," said Ann Temkin, curator of the exhibition, "they were or are all artists who followed their own path and can't be categorized or placed within an art historical movement, except to say they are contemporary." He collected some of the works before their makers had become famous, she said, and sometimes made a major commitment to an artist by collecting 20 or more pieces.

Mr. Broida collected distinguished Modern art as well as contemporary pieces, acquiring one of Brancusi's famous "Kiss" sculptures. The piece, a plaster version, was sold at auction last fall for $3.6 million. At the time of the sale, Mr. Broida was planning his estate and selecting the contemporary works for his gift to the Museum of Modern Art that would best fill in gaps in its collection.

Edward Roy Broida was born on Oct. 20, 1933, in Cleveland, where his father was an architect. He graduated with a degree in architecture from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. After several years of working in his father's office, Mr. Broida moved to Los Angeles, where, in 1962, he became a partner in R&B Development.

The firm became noted for apartment complexes designed for young adults, including recreational and social facilities. By 1970, the company was restructured into Oakwood Worldwide, specializing in furnished temporary rental apartments for business executives who were relocating. This work was a forerunner of the extended-stay hotel industry.

Mr. Broida retired in 1974, and over the next three decades collected about 700 works of art. In 1982 he announced his intention to open a museum of contemporary art in a four-story former bakery at Prince and Wooster Streets in the SoHo district of Manhattan. But after four years of planning, he abandoned the project, citing difficulties in acquiring zoning approval.

In October Mr. Broida, a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, donated 108 paintings and sculptures, 54 drawings and 12 prints, by 38 artists. Museum officials would not place a dollar value on his donation.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Broida, who was previously married four times, is survived by two sons, David, of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Eric, of Pacific Palisades, Calif., and two daughters, Julie, of Santa Monica, Calif., and Alexa, of Manhattan.


Prominent Collector Edward Broida Dies

Published: April 20, 2006


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LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times)—Los Angeles real estate mogul and prominent contemporary art collector Edward R. Broida has died at the age of 72, after a long struggle with cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

Broida, a Cleveland native, founded R & B Development Co. with two partners in 1962. The company quickly became the nation’s third largest builder of multi-housing projects and he retired at the age of 40 in 1972.

Later turning his interest to contemporary art, Broida began his legendary collection in 1978 with the $75,000 purchase of two paintings by Philip Guston. In 1982, he announced a plan to establish a museum in New York’s SoHo gallery district, but abandoned the project in 1986 because of zoning and construction problems.

Broida approached several museums over the years regarding a possible donation of his collection, but none was willing to take the entire collection and display it as he wished. Then last year, as his illness made the matter more urgent, Broida offered the Museum of Modern Art its choice of pieces, except a few special items to be sold or given to his children. The gift, consisting of 174 works by 38 contemporary artists, was announced by the museum last October. It has been estimated at a value of $50 million dollars.

MoMA will show an exhibition of more than 100 of the works beginning May 3. The exhibition is titled “Against the Grain: Contemporary Art from the Edward R. Broida Collection.”

Los Angeles Times: Edward R. Broida, 72; L.A. Real Estate Mogul Collected Contemporary Art


In the Abstract, Late Collector Kept It Real

Edward R. Broida's Museum Plans Faltered, but Not His Eye for Art

By Paul Richard

Special to The Washington Post

Sunday, September 24, 2006; N06

The late Edward R. Broida changed his life at 40 in 1974. Before then he had been a mightily successful Southern California architect-developer. After that he chose to give his time and money to acquiring recent art. He eventually collected 700 objects, more than enough to fill his own art museum, which was what he had in mind.

He would place it at the heart of the throbbing New York art world, in SoHo in Manhattan, where it couldn't help but be noticed. His intentions were announced in 1982. Broida bought himself a building (a former bakery on Prince Street). He scheduled exhibitions (Cindy Sherman, Lucian Freud). He hired a director. He felt in sure touch with his times. Other rich collectors just as certain of their specialness (Armand Hammer, Norton Simon, J. Paul Getty) had had similar ambitions. Vanity museums were much in vogue in those days.

His museum never happened. Eventually he figured out that he had bitten off more than he wished to chew.

Some of his choice objects (by Mark Rothko and Brancusi, Franz Kline and Francis Bacon) were auctioned off at Christie's. He donated more than 170 to the Museum of Modern Art. In 2005, he gave 62 others to the National Gallery of Art on the Mall.

Hence the current exhibition, "Selections From the Collection of Edward R. Broida." It is an institutional thank-you to that California donor. It's something more than that as well. What's most welcome in this small, 37-object show is its reconsiderations. It's as if the late collector (Broida died in April in Malibu), and artists he admired (Philip Guston, Vija Celmins, Neil Jenney, Wolfgang Laib), and the gallery as well had paused beside the high road to what once seemed certain glory for a widening of prospects, perhaps a lowering of sights.................................Read more at..........


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Cleveland, OH, USA
Age 73
Malibu, CA, USA