I finally made time to take the kids to The Broad museum and it was amazing! Sure the kids freaked out the staff because they were running about, but nothing broke and no one peed on the floor. In my book, that’s a total win!
For those who are unaware, The Broad museum is a private art collection belonging to Eli and Edythe Broad who decided to house 2000+ works of art to the public…FOR FREE. The couple has been building their collection over the last 5 decades and are known for having close relationships with most of the artists they feature. Some of the artists include: Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Barbara Kruger, Cy Twombly, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker, Christopher Wool, Joseph Beuys, and Jasper Johns just to name a few.
For the record, there’s so much more to enjoy other than the popular selfie-must infinity room filled with mirrors and dazzling lights. Everywhere you turn, whether it’s the Willy Wonka glass-walled elevator or the signature honeycomb facade, oozes artful architecture that compliments the art collection within.
The entire place is delightful and gives you this strong sense of wonder and imagination, which is why I chose the Willy Wonka’s song “Pure Imagination” :). At the end of the day, I just hope my kids have a stronger appreciation for the arts and the stories the artists themselves are trying to tell..well I can wish at least! Who knows, maybe their drawings taped to my refrigerator (and bedroom, bathroom, and closet walls) is just the beginning of their own stories.
If you’re ever in Los Angeles, be sure to RSVP on their website and enjoy a few hours appreciating Eli and Edythe’s collection!