Now open in Downtown LA, the new $140 million Broad Museum houses billionaire Eli Broad's 2,000 piece contemporary art collection (Photo: Hunter Kerhart Photography)
Last week, one of the most anticipated projects in Downtown LA finally opened after almost 4.5 years of construction and delays (click here to see when the Broad first broke ground in 2011). The $140 million Broad contemporary art museum opened its doors to the public on Sept 20th to completely full capacity. Even though the museum will have free admission forever, people still have to register and crowds still have to be controlled to maximize the museum-going experience, so attendees are limited to 400 an hour and a total of 4,000 a day. Demand is so high that tickets have been sold out for pretty much the rest of October and weekend tickets won’t be available until mid-December.
To put quite simply: This is billionaire Eli Broad’s very special baby. His entire 2,000 art piece collection — one of the most significant holdings of postwar and contemporary art in the world — will be housed permanently in this museum and will likely become his most popular legacy he leaves behind as a gift to all Angelenos. The current inaugural exhibition, which lasts until 2016, will feature 250 works by 60 different artists including some you’ve probably heard of like Basquiat, Warhol, Murakami, and Jeff Koons. And maybe some you haven’t heard of before but should get to know like El Anatsui from Nigeria and Yayoi Kusama from Japan.
Filling in one of the last remaining parcels of land along Grand Ave on Bunker Hill, the 120,000 square foot edifice with two levels of gallery space totaling 50,000 square feet (35,000 on the top level and 15,000 on the ground floor) was designed by New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The building itself is a sculpture of art resembling a honeycomb, and like bees, symbolizes the hard work it takes to build a great urban center. The Broad Museum, combined synergistically together with neighboring MOCA, The Colburn School, Disney Hall and the Music Center, can now be considered one of the greatest cultural meccas in the United States right here in Downtown LA. Now all we need is the Grand Ave Project to break ground and tie everything together.
Enjoy a tour of The Broad below.
The Broad southern entrance along Grand Ave near gift shop
The Broad northern entrance along Grand Ave with Urs Fischers’ Untitled 2012 work of a “melting” aluminum cast iron lamppost
Take the 105-foot escalator up to the main top floor gallery level to begin your museum visit
The top main level provides 35,000 square feet of exhibition space with amazing skylights above
All eyes were on Eli Broad as his 2,000 art piece collection museum opens in Los Angeles
Eli Broad speaks with media before his museum opened to the public on Sept 20, 2015
El Anatsui’s Red Block (2010) found aluminum and copper tapestry
A closer view of Red Block’s bottle caps, reused aluminum commercial packaging, and copper wires
Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog (1994 – 2000) mirror-polished stainless steel
Jeff Koons’ Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988) porcelain sculpture
Jasper Johns’ Flag (1967) encaustic, oil, and collage on fabric mounted on plywood, three panels
Edward Ruscha’s Norms, La Cienega, on Fire (1964) oil and pencil on canvas
John Baldessari’s Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell (1968) acrylic on canvas
Ellsworth Kelly’s Green Blue Red (1963) and Blue Red (1968) oil on canvas
Kara Walker’s African’t (1996) cut paper on wall
Charles Ray’s Fall ’91 (1992) mixed media
Robert Therrien’s Under the Table (1994)
Damien Hirst’s Away from the Flock (1994) sheep suspended in formaldehyde
Keith Haring’s Red Room (1988) acrylic on canvas
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Eyes and Eggs (1983) acrylic, oil stick, and paper collage on cotton drop cloth with metal hinges
John Ahearn’s Raymond and Toby (1989) oil on fiberglass
Making our way back down to the ground level, one can peer inside “the Vault,” which holds the permanent collection in the middle of the building
The Oculus Hall: In case you were wondering what is behind the building’s oculus
Back on the ground level, explore the 15,000 square foot gallery starting with Goshka Macuga’s Death of Marxism, Women of All Lands Unite (2013) wool tapestry
Takashi Murakami’s DOB in the Strange Forest (1999)
Ending the tour with Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room — The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away (2013)