Hit the road: go to the Broad!*

There’s a brand new art museum on MSU’s campus in East Lansing called the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, and it’s well worth a visit. Designed by world class architect Zaha Hadid, this small gem of a museum is probably unlike any space you’ve ever entered. It’s all angles, inside and out, and even without the carefully chosen and interesting collection, the building is its own experience.broad_art_museum_b141112_e16pan

The current collection includes a triptych from around 1400, a box by Joseph Cornell, a huge installation by Damien Hirst, and much more. The exhibits are spare rather than crowded, which makes for better viewing (in my opinion), and it’s a fairly small museum, so you won’t leave exhausted. The Wall Street Journal recently published an article entitled A ‘Mini Bilbao’ Opens in Michigan. No, they’re not confusing Hadid with Frank Gehry, but rather quoting Mr. Broad in saying that ‘[he] hopes the space will have a “mini-Bilbao effect,” drawing cultural tourists who flock to architectural icons like the Frank Gehry’s titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Spain.’

To whet your appetite, you can take this virtual tour, and if you really need a further incentive, admission is free!

*Rhymes with “road”.

One Response to “Hit the road: go to the Broad!*”

  1. January 9, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Wow! I read about this museum. Now I am even more motivated to visit.