The Broad

The Broad is a contemporary art museum in LA and probably the second most visited after LACMA.

Entry to The Broad is free. You have to book a slot to get in. I found out about that and did book on their website. Alas, I missed booking for an incredible installation called Infinity Mirrors by Yayoi Kusama. The installation uses light and mirrors to create a kaleidoscopic effect with you at the centre. When I tried to get in, the staff told me that the exhibit was fully booked. They added that there was a mini-version I could visit and that there might be a slot at the end of the day on the off-chance that all visitors finished a bit early. Each visitor in the installation room is allowed up to 30 seconds, which I understand was imposed because of the excessive selfies!

The museum has many iconic images that are now part of popular culture but started as works of art. There are paintings by recognisable artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jeff Koons.

Having missed the Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power exhibition at the Tate Modern earlier this year, I was happy to finally catch it at The Broad.

I returned to the Infinity Mirrors installation and was told that I might be able to get in! I joined the end-of-day queue and did just make it in. This was a fitting end to my last day in LA. Although in a small room, the installation made you feel as if you were part of something bigger, the dazzling lights looking like stars.

I liked the relatively relaxed atmosphere of The Broad. I wasn’t expecting much but it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable visits to an art museum.

After leaving The Broad, housed in a stylish building, I saw the equally iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, which was, from memory, somewhat reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House.

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