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A Broad range of art makes its way to DTLA

The newly opened Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles showcased a vast array of art in Downtown Los Angeles making it the perfect spot for someone looking for a place to enjoy contemporary art.

The Broad opened its doors on Sep. 20 and offers free admission to the general public.

The $140-million museum was founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad and includes 2,000 contemporary art pieces from their collection.

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The Broad is a contemporary art museum in Downtown, Los Angeles. Photo credit: Sue Hwang

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Barbara Kruger, Cy Twombly, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker, Christopher Wool, Jeff Koons, Joseph Beuys, Jasper Johns, Cindy Sherman, Robert Rauschenberg are among the many artists that have their work displayed in the museum.

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Artist Robert Therrien' table and chairs. Photo credit: Sue Hwang

The art work includes a variety of paintings, sculptures, mixed media pieces, including art works that include music.

One musical art work currently displayed at The Broad is Ragnar Kjatansson’s, The Visitors. The work is an hour-long video that is displayed on nine different HD projectors. Each projector shows nine different musicians playing in different rooms in a forty-three-room house at Rokeby Farm, an estate in Barrytown, New York.

The musicians play folk music in unison despite being in different areas of the house. The music was inspired by the band, ABBA and a poem by artist Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, who is Kjartansson’s ex-wife.

“What I liked about the Broad museum is that it didn’t quite feel like a museum to me, [but] more of a large oversized art gallery, which consisted of oversized canvas paintings, sculptures and a few filmed pieces from various contemporary artists throughout the years,” said Amber Mari, a Norwalk resident visiting for the first time.

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A guest observes one of Jean-Michel Basquiat's art works at The Broad Museum. Photo credit: Joshua Mejia

“It was inspiring to see the Broad’s collections of art because it was diverse, and I saw a lot of pieces that were connected to pop culture, slavery and racism, or senses of nostalgic memories as a kid,” said Mari.

Andy Warhol is another notable artist who has over 20 works displayed in the museum. His most noted works displayed in the museum include, Two Marilyns, Campbell’s Soup Can and Twenty Jackies.

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Andy Warhol's Two Marilyns showcased at The Broad Museum. Photo credit: Joshua Mejia

The museum also exhibits various other famous and captivating works.

One artist is Robert Longo, who describes his work as “somewhere between movies and monuments.” Longo’s art depict violent physicality and psychological angst and keep the viewer’s eye engaged and left to speculate as to what the art piece means.

Another artist, Jeff Koons, used bright-colored stainless steel to form sculptures that resemble helium balloons.

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Artistic Jeff Koons' helium-like metallic sculpture. Photo credit: Sue Hwang

Something that makes The Broad special is the fact that the art, that isn’t displayed, is stored in the premisses as opposed to being stored in other places such as warehouses. This allows for art to be shown at a much cheaper and faster rate for the museum.

This too is beneficial because it allows the museum to showcase a vast array of art at a fast rate to museum-goers, making the experience far greater.

Admission to the museum will continue to be free in the future except in the case of special exhibitions.

The vast array of art in the museum makes it live up to its mission statement of enriching, provoking, inspiring, and fostering appreciation of art of our time.

To make a reservation, visit http://thebroad.org/

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