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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.
Find out more in our complete guide to the Broad.
The museum has been an exciting addition to L.A.’s roster of institutions, though it’s not perfect. Its vault and veil design appears much more opqaque and heavier than it should, though the even, subdued light in the third floor galleries is pleasant. Its collection relies on relatively safe selections and high-priced gallery prizes. That said, visitors will definitely appreciate its encyclopedic survey of contemporary, complete with a handful of spectacle pieces.
Inside, the building is full of memorable characteristics: the long escalator shaft to the third floor, a window into the collection storage and an open floor gift shop dubbed the Shop. 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 Broad opened 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.
221 S Grand Ave
|Price:||Free, with timed reservations available; $12 parking available|
|Opening hours:||Tue, Wed 11am-5pm; Thu, Fri 11am-8pm; Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-6pm; Closed Mon|
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