The Broad Museum is located in downtown Los Angeles. It’s a very unique & beautiful building, situated on the corner of Grand Avenue & 2nd Street.
Now I’ve been to this area of DTLA a few times in the last year, having visited the Walt Disney Concert Hall across the street. However, this was my first trip to the area since the colorful crosswalk (Couleur Additive) was painted by artist Carlos Cruz-Diez.
Once we got into the museum lobby, the first thing my friend & I did was get in line to see Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors: The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away. This visual installation is located on the first floor of The Broad & it is a MUST see!
If you’re wondering what to expect when you get inside of the room, here’s the scoop. You are let inside, one at a time, or in pairs. Since you only get about 45 seconds of time inside the room, make sure to have your camera ready when you walk inside. I overheard one of the ladies in front of me say that it’s best to turn the flash off.
As soon as I walked in, I took pics & tried to do a 360 video of the whole room. Here’s a video of the experience!
I know there are a lot of people excited about seeing the new Yayoi Kusama exhibit which opens on October 21st. If you’re like me (and countless others who were not able to score a ticket during the presale), then you’ll be glad to know that they do have a limited number of same-day, onsite tickets. These $30 tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis each day that the exhibition is open.
Once my friend had her turn at snapping pics inside of Yayoi Kusama’s exhibit, we made our way to the third floor. I really like the honeycomb view as we rose came through the escalator tunnel.
The first thing I saw when we came out of the elevator was this dramatic wall art.
I’m a fan of colorful pop art, so visiting The Broad is really my cup of tea. Here are some highlights & personal faves.
How can you not smile when you see Balloon Dog (Blue) by Jeff Koons?! Now I’d seen this before, many years ago, when Jeff Koons had an exhibit at LACMA. However something about seeing this dog against the backdrop of the white honeycomb exterior of The Broad building makes it look all the more special.
Here’s another Jeff Koons item called Tulips & behind it, along the wall is Takashi Murakami’s artwork.
This piece by Robert Therrien is called Under the Table & it’s an interesting “visual pun” (not to mention an Instagrammer’s dream)! It seems like this art installation, Jeff Koons’ artwork & the Infinity Mirrors are the most photographed pieces in the museum.
Can you spot the hidden face in this painting by Mark Tansey?
There is a lot of artwork to view & you could easily spend a couple of hours or even a whole afternoon at The Broad.
General admission to The Broad is free. Parking is not & the underground garage that is connected to The Broad can be pretty pricey if you end up staying over three hours. As for the NEW Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit which opens on October 21, there is a separate cost to that section of the museum.
Insider’s Tip: Find a reasonably priced parking lot for a flat fee or better yet, take the Metro Rail into DTLA. The Otium Restaurant which is steps away from The Broad looks really cool but there are plenty of fast-casual dining options within walking distance of the museum.
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. This blog post is for informational purposes. All images & opinions are 100% my own.