Chapter recently visited Downtown LA’s latest contemporary art museum, The Broad. Amongst Diller Scofidio + Benfro’s vast honeycomb architecture in the Broad Museum two must-see pieces: Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room (the Souls of Millions of Light Years Away) and The Visitors, a nine-screen video art installation by Iceland artist Ragnar Kjartansson, which features nine musicians playing a piece of music simultaneously, but dispersed throughout separate rooms in a deteriorating mansion. The installation is both conceptually intriguing and visually striking as the simultaneous performances evoke a range of emotion different for each spectator.
Traveling up through the middle of the cylindrical cement structure by way of escalator there is “the vault”— an entire floor that stores the Broads’ collection of more than 2,000 paintings, photos and sculptures. Through the small window the viewer experiences a sensation of curiosity, gazing into the restricted area.
On the top floor, diffused natural light pours in through skylights. Impressively curated work is displayed from Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Mark Grotjahn, Joseph Beuys, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Cady Noland, John Baldessari, Christopher Wool, Ed Ruscha and Robert Therrien. Each room is carefully pieced together, partitioned by walls running throughout the entirety of the structure and hosting the each captivating piece on either side. An experience in itself, the Broad Museum has quickly made an impactful impression on the ever-evolving Arts community in Downtown Los Angeles.