Los Angeles’ ever-expanding museum landscape spreads a little farther come spring with the opening of the Marciano Art Foundation.
The contemporary art museum from Guess co-founders Paul and Maurice Marciano will show painting, sculpture and photography along with installation, performance and multimedia works in a renovated former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Boulevard near Koreatown.
The big question: Just how hungry is Los Angeles for contemporary art?
The Broad museum, which has been populating its Grand Avenue sidewalk with standby lines since opening a little more than a year ago, sits across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art. And the former Santa Monica Museum of Art will reopen in the downtown Arts District this fall as the newly renamed Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. It’s not far from Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, the gallery with museum-quality exhibitions and events curated by former MOCA staffer Paul Schimmel. Meanwhile, the non-collecting Main Museum made a soft debut in downtown’s Old Bank District in October.
“The way I see it, L.A. is probably the major contemporary art center in the world, not just in museums but also — and more importantly — because of all the artists living here and moving to L.A.,” said Maurice, currently co-chair of the MOCA board. “I believe the more museums there will be, the more every museum will be successful in having a lot of visitors because more and more people will come to L.A. to visit them.”
Maurice, who’s been on MOCA’s board since 2012, said his forthcoming institution is intended to function as a foundation, not a big museum. “It’s gonna be much more groundbreaking, unconventional,” he said. “You’ll see artists that you already know, but a lot of really young artists who are not shown in museums yet.”
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