I’ve been watching The Broad (pronounced Brode) being constructed next door to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles with great anticipation. I love architecture and I love art so I have been salivating for a long time!
The new contemporary art museum on Grand Avenue, founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, is free to the public but tickets have been flying out the door. So when my friends and I planned to go we had to make our reservations a couple of months in advance. Currently, tickets are no longer available for 2015.
The Broad collection ranges from the 1950s to current day. It’s no secret I am not a fan of most contemporary art. But as I have expressed a million times before, and will again I am sure, I enjoy art for its own sake and can even appreciate art I don’t like! Sometimes it’s hard to stand in front of a piece I really hate and find something admirable about it but I keep trying… attempting to figure out what the artist wanted to express.
Visitors start out at the top of the escalator (or elevator shaft) on the third floor where the main gallery is located.
I was immediately attracted to the ceiling.
Natural daylight and artificial light is combined (much like the Reznick Pavilion at LACMA) to create a soft ambience in the galleries.
I probably spent half the time looking up. But I did look carefully at each piece of artwork presented.
I am attracted to the medium of collage and liked the “3Dness” of this piece by Julian Schnabel.
The name of this artist is on the tip of my tongue. But I’m not an art critic so I ‘m not going to worry about the names of artists, that is not what this post is about. I just want to share my impression of my first visit… so you can pretend you are wandering along with me through the museum.
Sliver of daylight in ceiling meets light fixtures. To me this is just as much a work of art as any piece in the collection!
Photos of water towers… how beautiful these are… I love it!
At first glance this looks like a wonderful photo portrait but it’s an immense 100 x 90 in. (254 x 228.6 cm) photorealistic painting by Chuck Close.
A glimpse of the Walt Disney Concert Hall next door through an opening in the wall. As I was bending around in strange positions to get this shot, people drifted over with their iPhones to capture the same view… trendsetter I am!
The second floor has mostly meeting rooms, a theater, etc. And windows into the vaults where the rest of the 2,000 piece collection is housed.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I love reflections and there are some great opportunities to capture them at the Broad!
The stairway looking down to the first floor and the bookstore/gift shop to the right.
The first floor lobby area is very organic… I expected to see hobbits walking along at any second!
I am sure this was just the first of many visits and it’s impossible to cover all the aspects of this museum in one blog post.
Just a few more photos and I’ll let you go… Click on an image to start the slideshow.
Overall my first impression of the museum is much as I had expected: a lovely architectural space to present an art collection in the best possible way. As for the collection itself, no surprises there either… much of it not to my taste but some very interesting pieces I enjoyed seeing. I’m looking forward to returning as other works of art are brought out of the storage vaults.
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