The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Last Friday the girls and I had some time to kill (I know you hear me, moms. Don’t you feel like you’re constantly killing time between things? It’s the story of my life.) in East Lansing, so we went to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. It was as busy as I’ve ever seen it, and the girls zipped through the scavenger hunt I whipped up for them beforehand. Scavenger hunts make everything more fun, don’t they?

The museum is a piece of art itself. Zaha Hadid designed it- you may remember seeing her work in the 2012 London Olympics if you spotted the aquatic center. Er, centre, I suppose. Our East Lansing museum is angular on both the outside and inside and I love it. The Broad Museum was only her second project in the United States, and one of her last ever, as she passed away in 2016.

I’d like to say a word about Eli Broad too, since he funded the project. Broad is an MSU grad (Go Green! Go White!) and one of the richest men in the world. He has frequented all kinds of Forbes lists and to say he’s a prominent businessman is an understatement. What I love most about him is that he’s a businessman who so adamantly supports the arts. This museum isn’t his only artistic beneficiary. The Broad is a contemporary art museum in LA, where Mr. Broad lives and supports the arts in more ways than I have time to list! He is also an avid art collector and owns pieces from Picasso, Van Gogh, Warhol, Matisse, and Jasper Johns! Quite a “broad” collection!

A beautiful day in East Lansing!

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