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The Broad suffered some significant delays in opening, but when the doors did finally swing open, Angelenos found an entirely columnless, sky-lit gallery by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. And all the impatience was soon forgotten (the free admission helps). The museum houses and continually exhibits Eli and Edythe (aka Edye) Broad’s collection of contemporary art, which is one of the largest and most significant worldwide. Plus, they’ve got great taste and have amassed large collections of works by artists like Cindy Sherman, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, and Christopher Wool. The fact that restaurateur Bill Chait of Bestia and Republique fame and Tim Hollingsworth of The French Laundry are teaming up on the restaurant next door should provide LA residents with even more incentive to head downtown. Meanwhile, tickets are hard to come by but so worth trying to snag. Photo: Iwan Baan. Courtesy The Broad.

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