The Marcianos opened the museum on May 25, 2017 as an exhibition space display their 1,500-piece collection of contemporary art and as a gift to the art lovers of Southern California and worldwide visitors.
Art was always a favorite hobby of the successful and famous, but only a very view opened up their private collections to the delight of the general public.
The Marciano Art Foundation bought the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Boulevard. Then it was transformed by contemporary architect KulapatYantrasast of Why Architecture and Design into a unique exhibition space.
With 110,000 square feet over four floors, makes it almost as large as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and The Broad. A 5,000-square-foot sculpture garden by the entrance will feature works by Oscar Tuazon, DanhVō and Thomas Houseago, among many others.
The foundation owns works by Yael Bartana, Wade Guyton, Glenn Ligon, Alex Israel, Albert Oehlen, Mai-Thu Perret, Seth Price, Sterling Ruby, Paul Sietsema, Rudolf Stingel, Kaari Upson, AdriánVillar Rojas, and Christopher Wool, among others and will be open to the public thanks to Paul Marciano’s appreciation for the arts and as a thank you the people of Los Angeles.