Travel

The Broad

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The Broad is a relatively new modern art museum in downtown Los Angeles, created by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad to house their over 2,000 pieces of contemporary art. On the same block as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), it’s in good company. It has quickly become a popular destination in downtown LA.

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Besides all of the beautiful artwork inside, the building itself is a work of art. Designed by the architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the building’s design is called the “veil and the vault.” The “vault” is the storage space for the collection which makes up the interior of the building and connecting the lobby on the first floor to the top floor of the exhibition.

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Among the more permanent pieces on display, the Broad is constantly rotating temporary exhibitions and other more captivating, interactive exhibits like Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room…

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It’s good to keep in mind that for these more interactive exhibits, it’s helpful to book tickets in advance as the space fills up very fast.

If you don’t end up booking a slot for the exhibit (as we did), it’s not a huge deal. The whole top floor of the museum has more than enough art to keep you entertained. It houses some of the more popular pieces by famous modern artists like…

Andy Warhol

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Roy Lichtenstein

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and Jeff Koons.

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As well as some new (to me) artists, that were just as enjoyable…

Robert Therrien

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Barbara Kruger

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and Glenn Ligon.

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I never knew I could like modern art quite so much. 🙂

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On my recent visit with Emily and another friend, we decided to head over to the Grand Central Market afterwards for lunch. The market is luckily only a half mile walk away. Lots of people must have the same idea as I saw multiple people who were also at the museum. Grand Central Market deserves its own post but I was so hungry I forgot to take any pictures. Let’s just say it’s a giant marketplace filled with a melting pot of restaurants, ice cream shops, bars, etc, with food from varying cultures. Typical of Los Angeles, which I loved.

Last tip on The Broad: Tickets are free but it is highly recommended that you book tickets in advance, which you can do on their website. There are tickets available for every half hour; you can also show up without tickets but as only a certain amount of people are let in at one time, you could be waiting a while. On the day we went, there was a line all the way down the side of the building.

It’s definitely worth a visit! I’m already planning a return.

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(photo of Infinity Mirrored Room via The Broad website)

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