Above: Yayoi Kusama's "With All My Love for the Tulips, I Pray Forever" at the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles

I already knew about the Broad museum, which opened to much fanfare in downtownLos Angelesin 2015. But it was only as I researched my recent trip to the city that I realized it had become one of America’s most important centers of contemporary art. I discovered three other notable museums in the city dedicated to cutting-edge works: a major new institution with a collection comparable in scope and quality to that of the Broad, and two smaller museums displaying up-to-the-minute pieces by lesser-known artists deserving of more attention.

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