Located in downtown LA near Grand Park, The Broad is a fantastic contemporary art museum that offers free admission. Read on for our guide to exploring the top exhibits to see at The Broad. After exploring The Broad, head over to nearby Little Tokyo where you can explore popular Little Tokyo attractions such as the Japananese American National Museum.
Largest Collection of Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American known for his graffiti and street art. Rising to fame in the 70s and 80s, he was known for his political graffiti poems and street art in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Often focusing on the dichotomies of life, his art reflected the pull between wealth versus poverty, segregation and integration as well as colonialism. Today, his art is celebrated for its neo-expressionism and in 2018 a 1982 untitled painting sold for $110.5 million. Around the world, his paintings are only found in 5 museums and 13 of his paintings are at the Broad.
Known for instalations in the Pop art, contempory and feminist art moviements, Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, is truly a sight to see. Entering a fully mirrored room, you find yourself surrounded by beautiful, flashing LED lights, that seems to go on for eternity. Only located at a few museums in the world, the Broad has two of these installations.
A contemporary, Japanese artist Murakami’s influence on Japanese art has been likened to that of Andy Warhol in the US. He has a number of art pieces on view at the Broad including Nurse Ko2, which addresses bishoujo culture, often creating exaggerated, fetishized and unrealistic versions of females. The result of which Murakami believes, has contributed to a sterilized and confused male adolescence, which has only negatively impacted Japan.