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The spaceship lands: Futuristic-looking $40M art museum opens at Michigan State University

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    Nov. 9, 2012: The canopy sculpture seen at upper left is "Red Factor" by Inigo Manglano-Ovalie. (AP)

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    Nov. 9, 2012: Chen Quilin's Floating series is displayed at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on Michigan State University's campus in East Lansing, Mich. (AP)

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    Nov. 9, 2012: "Soweto House with Prepaid Water" by Marjetica Potrc of Slovenia is displayed inside the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on the campus of Michigan State University. (AP)

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    Nov. 9, 2012: The museum features Zaha Hadid's signature look: a facade of pleated stainless steel and glass, which distinguishes it from the traditional brick Collegiate Gothic buildings that surround it on Michigan State's north campus. (AP)

A $40 million Zaha Hadid-designed art museum has opened its doors — and some eyes — on the campus of Michigan State University.

The futuristic-looking Eli and Edythe Broad (BROHD) Art Museum features a facade of pleated stainless steel and glass, a look that distinguishes it from the traditional brick buildings that surround it on the East Lansing campus.

The Broad MSU will present international contemporary art, using a 7,500-piece historic art collection it inherited from the Kresge Art Museum to provide context for the contemporary works.

Los Angeles billionaire and Michigan State graduate Eli Broad and his wife have given $28 million for the museum, which he calls "an architectural masterpiece that will propel this university and this region far into the future."

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Online:

http://broadmuseum.msu.edu