The Broad Museum – Contemporary Art in Los Angeles
The Broad Museum just opened its doors in downtown Los Angeles and it’s quite popular already. Los Angeles has always lagged behind the New York in terms of the art museum scene so this new contemporary art collection is a welcome installation.
When I arrived at 11 am there was already a line to get in and I was forced to wait 40 minutes (not bad overall). The museum is free, but there were online reservations available (all of them sold out by the time I checked) in order to avoid the wait.
A work of art itself, the Broad Museum building is quite interesting, the vault-and-veil design being punctured by hundreds of skylights. I missed what was probably one of the most interesting exhibits, The Infinity Mirrored Room, because I didn’t realize you had to make a reservation. It’s the first thing you should do when entering the museum because only one person can enter at a time and only for 45 seconds. So, yeah, pretty popular and, since it’s opening week, the reservations ended at 2:00pm 🙁
I had no problem, however, making it through the rest of the galleries. Visiting the Broad Museum requires only a few hours as it is quite small. Even so, the collection is a wonderful, featuring a good number of works by Jeff Koons, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Barbara Kruger, Robert Rauschenberg, and many other contemporary art stars.
One of the highlights of the visit for me was the work of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Inspired by the fantastically bright colors and images from Japanese pop culture and traditional motifs. An entire gallery room was occupied by massive psychedelic paintings and statues, almost as if an anime film had come to life in front of you.
Another piece I found impressive was Ragnar Kjartansson’s The Visitors. This immersive piece consisted of nine video screens showing various musicians in a number of different rooms of the same house all performing together, but inseparate spaces. It was truly amazing listening to the crescendo of the music and seeing the variation between performers.
While I have more or less decided that Los Angeles and I don’t agree for permanent residence, I think I’ll always consider it a sort-of home where I can come back and discover more. The Broad Museum is proof of that and I’ll definitely stop by again in the future.