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The Broad

Museums, Art and design Downtown Free
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Photograph: Iwan Baan, courtesy the Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Jeff Koons
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Photograph: Time Out/Michael JulianoJeff Koons.
Robert Therrien
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Photograph: Time Out/Michael JulianoRobert Therrien.
Jean-Michel Basquiat
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Photograph: Time Out/Michael JulianoJean-Michel Basquiat.
Roy Lichtenstein
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Photograph: Time Out/Michael JulianoRoy Lichtenstein.
Kara Walker
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Photograph: Time Out/Michael JulianoKara Walker.

Time Out says

The Broad reopens May 26, but temporarily without Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms. Free, timed tickets are required.

 

We had a chance to visit the museum during a preview week, and while it feels mostly familiar, the Broad has made some notable curation changes for its restart. The ground-floor gallery is hosting “Invisible Sun,” a collection exhibition that features works from El Anatsui, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer and Julie Mehretu, among others, that speak to unrest, loss and recovery.

The bigger news, though, is upstairs in the permanent galleries. Yes, you’re still greeted with a whole bunch of shiny Jeff Koons sculptures. But instead of a sort of textbook survey of contemporary art, the Broad has decided to narrow its lineup of artists but really dig deep into its archives for each. That means you’ll find entire galleries dedicated to Roy Lichtenstein, Christopher Wool, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol (Mao and Marilyn are still there, but so too are nearly a dozen Warhol works on display for the first time, including some early drawings). In the museum’s most exciting flex, it’s decided to put every single one of its Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings on the walls, all 13 of them.

If you’re bummed about the fan-favorite Kusama installations being down for now (don’t worry, Robert Therrien’s oversized Under the Table is still up), we’d say that the curation change-ups more than merit a visit. As for the rest of the visitor experience, we found it smooth and friendly (with plenty of hand sanitizer stations).

Our original guide to the Broad appears below.

Three words: Infinity Mirror Rooms. Downtown’s persistently popular contemporary art museum has two of Yayoi Kusama’s immersive, mirror-laden rooms (and the standy queue to prove it). Elsewhere in the free museum, Eli and Edythe Broad’s collection of 2,000 post-war works includes artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger and Jeff Koons. Outside, the museum’s plaza features a lovely olive tree grove that sits in from of Otium, the museum’s signature restaurant from French Laundry alum Timothy Hollingsworth.

The museum has been an exciting addition to L.A.’s roster of institutions, though its encyclopedic survey of high-priced gallery prizes can feel a little safe at times (with some spectacle pieces mixed in). And through the gallery experience is pleasant, its vault and veil design appears much more opqaque and heavier than it should. That said, there’s one design element we just love: the between-floors window that offers a peek into the collection storage.

The Broad opened in 2015 with an inaugural exhibition featuring Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, Barbara Kruger, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring and more rockstars of the 20th century—plus a whole lot of Jeff Koons. Standout installations included Ragnar Kjartansson’s beautiful nine-screen video piece The Visitors and an endless field of LEDs in Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room.

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Address: 221 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles
90012
Price: Free, with timed reservations; $17 parking available
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