Entertainment mogul David Geffen will donate $150 million to help the Los Angeles County Museum of Art build new galleries.
The Miracle Mile museum said Wednesday it's the largest single cash gift from an individual in the institution's history.
The pledge raises LACMA's fundraising total to $450 million — more than two thirds of the $650 million the museum needs to break ground on the building, which will be called the David Geffen Galleries.
Designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, who's known for his minimalist work, the initial proposal for the new structure was striking. Some said it looked like a large black amoeba. The design of the new galleries may change before construction begins.
Geffen says he hopes this addition to the LACMA campus will ensure ongoing access to the museum's permanent collection.
The project is scheduled to begin construction in 2019, with the new building slated to open in 2023.