We need to talk about the Japanese Pavilion, Michael.
Another issue could be the name game: three of the four buildings to be torn down under the Zumthor plan are named for their keystone donors: the Hammer and Ahmanson gallery buildings and the Bing Center, which houses the museum’s 600-seat theater. Govan acknowledged that this could be a sensitive matter.
"The names will not disappear," he said. They’ll be reassigned to some of the new building’s features. His message to the potentially displaced honorees, he said, has been "we can do it even better."
"I’m not going to say everyone’s going to be happy," he added. "It’s a conundrum" facing many institutions that replace old buildings with new ones.