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Los Angeles – Museums

The Broad – Contemporary Art Gallery

Prepare to gasp when you reach the second-floor gallery of the Broad. I would go back to LA just to revisit it.

The Broad

The Broad (rhymes with road) is on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, down the road from the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It is a contemporary art museum and houses the collection of philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. It is a stunning building, and if you love architecture and contemporary art, you have to visit. You’ll need about three to fours hours, and although it’s free you have to reserve tickets via the website or wait in the standby line outside. It took about 30 minutes when I was there, although I imagine it will take longer in busier periods. Be there for opening if you want to get into the installations as you can only book inside and they fill up fast as well. Tickets book up fast and are released on the first of every month at noon PT for the following month, so plan ahead.

In the land of the dead, stepping on the tail of a rainbow. Takashi Murakami.
2014, acrylic on canvas
The building itself is stunning – with the honeycomb structure of the exterior shell providing filtered natural daylight in the galleries.

The collection spans every major contemporary artist of the last 60 years, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Barbara Kruger, Cy Twombly, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker, Christopher Wool, Jeff Koons, Joseph Beuys, Jasper Johns, Cindy Sherman, Robert Rauschenberg.

Jean-Michel Basquiat gallery at the Broad

 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art – LACMA

My one regret about going to LACMA is that I ran out of time to explore it all. Again, it was another wonderful discovery in LA. Apparently, it is the largest museum in the western United States.

One of five Assyrian bas-reliefs from the ninth-century once decorated the inner walls of the northwest palace of Ashurnasirpal II (r. 883-859 BC). LACMA

According to its website, it has “130,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art. Among the museum’s strengths are its holdings of Asian art, Latin American art, ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces to works by leading modern and contemporary artists; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world.”

It neighbours the La Brea Tar Pits (which I just walked through) on Wilshire Boulevard and includes the Pavillion of Japanese Art next door. Plan to do all three, although if you want to fully explore LACMA, you could spend a whole day just doing that.

It’s easy to find, as the distinctive Urban Light consisting of 202 restored cast iron antique street lights is directly outside on the forecourt. If you want a photo, prepare to share it with a heap of tourists, but it is a very cool installation and worth making the trip to see it at night if you have the time. Don’t go on a free Saturday as I did because it is packed. Next time, I’ll try and go mid-week.

 

Things to do and see in Los Angeles

This may not be the best time in history to be writing about travelling to the US, but my recent trip to Los Angeles was great – I had a fantastic holiday. I spent two weeks in LA and one week travelling around.

Before I left, heaps of people told me I’d only need two or three days in LA, as it turned out I ran out of time to do all the things I wanted to do. The biggest surprise was the outstanding art museums and architecture. LA is so much more than theme parks and Disneyland, although I had fun there too – so here is my list of things to do in LA. Continue reading Things to do and see in Los Angeles

Beautiful, magical Aitutaki

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Magical Aitutaki

It was my sixth visit to Aitutaki, but it had been six years since my last one and I was feeling nervous that it wouldn’t be as I remembered it. But I needed a break – sometimes you just have to get out of Dodge to realign, restore, reboot, and Aitutaki beckoned with its white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoon and calm, peaceful atmosphere. More importantly, as a solo female traveler it is very safe destination to go to on my own.

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The Road to Maun – via Marseilles

 

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Red wine and bread – better than cold water

 

Many years ago, I  traveled around Southern Africa for about a year. I went there mainly because my  friend Carol was living with a Greek Cypriot (named Theo, surprisingly enough) in Gaberone, the capital of Botswana. As all good Kiwis do, when I was about 25 I decided it was time to do my OE (Overseas Experience) which is a long-time tradition here. I don’t know when it started, but it’s been going for a long time. My parents went overseas after they were married. In those days, people tended to go to England and then travel around Europe and they were no exception. But being broke at the time, Dad worked his way across on a tramp steamer, and Mum (judging by the photos of her ) partied her way across on a cruise liner. Dad definitely got the short straw there. Continue reading The Road to Maun – via Marseilles