Bright and Bold New Art Museum
The Broad entered Los Angeles’s art scene and gave it a much-needed contemporary bang of curation, commentary, and color. The porous, white, coral-like exoskeleton appears malleable like a Tempur-Pedic mattress and contrasts with the smooth, sturdy steel sails of the neighboring, Frank Gehry–designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. Even if you can’t make it inside, this architectural feat is worth witnessing from the sidewalk. Upon entering, you are transported into a cavelike environment that is actually the floating base of the central “vault,” where undisplayed works from the billionaire Broads are stored. Unlike most museums, which have storage that is out of sight (and out of mind) to visitors, the Broad is designed with this "vault" space at its heart; you can even get a peek at its inner workings through viewing windows. Natural light filters into the 120,000-foot building, which features two floors' worth of works from prominent artists of our time, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, and more. In addition to these collections, the museum puts on must-see experiential art installations such as Yayoi Kasuma’s glitter LED world called Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away.
By Susan Mason, AFAR Local Expert
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