THE BROAD MUSEUM
Petit Futé's opinion on THE BROAD MUSEUM
Opened in September 2015, this much-awaited museum is the work of billionaire patron Eli Broad and two New York star architects, Diller Scofidio and Renfro. The building is thus a work of art in itself. The museum features more than 2,000 works by some 200 artists. Among the representatives of pop art, we will obviously mention Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Ed Ruscha. Conceptual art is also in the spotlight with Joseph Beuys, rubbed shoulders in the same room with his compatriot Anselm Kiefer, whose a few pieces mixing photography and painting, evoking Germany's troubled past, are on display. From post-modern photographs by Cindy Sherman, to neopop sculptures by Jeff Koons (the famous inflatable balloon dog and statue of Michael Jackson and his monkey), to underground New York painting by Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, to the colourful deliriums of Takashi Murakami, this is a truly impressive collection that unfolds under the (too) raw neons of this magnificent museum. Don't miss the monumental woven metal works recovered from Ghanaian artist El Anatsui. Occasionally, museum employees give short lectures on an artist, do not hesitate to approach them because they are often very interesting. Finally, an excellent restaurant with Latin accents, Otium, offers food before or after the visit.
Be sure to visit the amazing lighting installations of Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room - The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away (2013) and Longing for Eternity (2017). The first, consisting of hundreds of suspended LEDs, located on the ground floor, requires a separate reservation (an agent in the lobby registers you on the waiting list). The second one displays its multitude of suspended mirrors and LEDs on the third floor of the museum. The artist invites the viewer to experience the notions of infinity and transcendence.
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Opening time and information on THE BROAD MUSEUM
Open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11am to 5pm, Thursday and Friday from 11am to 8pm, Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Mondays. Free admission (except for some temporary exhibitions). It is highly recommended to book your tickets in advance on the website. If you buy a ticket for the temporary exhibition, you can cut the line.