My Take On The Broad
I had been wanting to visit The Broad Contemporary Art Museum since its opening in September 2015. Facing the reality of the San Diego drive into the Los Angeles traffic, contributed to my procrastination of the journey. However, once I had willing participants to join me, and I reserved the advance admission tickets, we were on our way. In all honesty, if you choose to go, be sure to get advance tickets (FREE) online. The line to get in with general admission was long.
We arrived at the museum well ahead of our scheduled noon admission time. With ample time to kill, what better way to wait, then to eat a relaxing meal in a new found gem. We savored and enjoyed a very interesting and delicious brunch at Otium, located next to the museum. (Owner/Chef Timothy Hollingsworth formerly from The French Laundry). Once refueled and ready, we only had moments before our admission was granted.
The grandeur of the building is breathtaking, both outside and inside. The building is 120,000-square-feet, at a cost of $140-million and features two floors of gallery space.
It was an overcast/rainy day but the light still streamed in with an artistic creativity to enhance all of the interesting and provocative art we were to see.
If you enjoy contemporary art, the collection is extensive and varied. Artists shown include, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cy Twombly, Ed Ruscha, Jeff Koons, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol to name only a fraction of the artists collected. I found some of the art very interesting, and in my opinion, some fall short. Collectively, it conveys the art of our time. As with art, it is in the eye of the beholder.
“The Broad is home to the more than 2,000-work Broad collection, one of the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. With in-depth representations of influential contemporary artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Barbara Kruger, Cy Twombly, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker, Christopher Wool, Jeff Koons, Joseph Beuys, Jasper Johns, Cindy Sherman, Robert Rauschenberg, and more, plus an ever-growing representation of younger artists, The Broad enriches, provokes, inspires, and fosters appreciation of art of our time.” ~ The Broad Museum
We had wanted to see the “Infinity Mirrored Room” by Yayoi Kusama, but the wait was too long to be able to see it on our visit. Only in-person reservations are accepted, once inside the museum, and only one person at a time is allowed in the exhibit. The reservations usually fill up early in the morning for the entire day. This exhibit will be there until October 2017.
After spending hours strolling through the various galleries, embracing the different ways each artist communicated, we called it a day. The art speaks for itself. Our contemporary masters beautifully displayed… Go to this link to see the art currently on view at The Broad.
Parking is available under the museum, which is in close proximity to MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) and adjacent to Frank Gehry‘s iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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