The Maurice and Paul Marciano Art Foundation is expected to premiere its first exhibit later this year, or early 2017, according to a recent report in “Art News.”
Philipp Kaiser will reportedly curate the museum’s inaugural exhibition of works from the Marciano collection. Kaiser is a former senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) and curator of the 2017 Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
The “Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life” exhibit which Kaiser curated is now at The Broad.
The Marciano museum will open in the 100,000 square foot former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Windsor Square. The building at 4357 Wilshire Blvd. is undergoing renovation by Los Angeles-based wHY architects.
The Marciano brothers purchased the property in 2013 for approximately $8 million. The brothers were among the founders of GUESS in 1981.
The new owners of the Scottish Rite building are maintaining the exterior of the four-story building, with its historic murals and statues of Mason and Founding Father George Washington among other statues made of Italian marble. A former 1,800-seat theater is now a massive three-story tall gallery space.
The building was designed in 1960 by Millard Sheets, artist and designer of the murals and buildings for 50 Home Savings of America bank branches for financier Howard F. Ahmanson, whose Hancock Park home, originally the Albertson house, was described in the April issue of the Larchmont Chronicle.
Maurice Marciano, president of the art foundation, also is co-chair of the board of MOCA.