The Marciano Art Foundation

July 10, 2018

The Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Blvd. 

Somewhere, on an non-descript part of Wilshire Blvd., after LACMA and before Koreatown, sits an old Scottish Rite Masonic Temple that is now home to the Marciano Family Art Foundation.

The Mariano Brothers with Takashi Murakami 

The Marciano Family earned their fortune from the primarily denim brand GUESS. Originally hailing from France, the Marciano brothers, Maurice and Paul, began collecting art in 2006, focusing on work from the 1990s and onward.

The Marciano Collection

The space features rotating, main exhibitions as well as a prominent hall dedicated to showcasing their permanent collection. Located on the third floor of the Marciano Art Foundation, the permanent collection is exceptionally well-curated, and unlike other Los Angeles institutions such as BCAM, features work not just from the top of the auction catalogue, but represents a unique, probing and expansive array of modern art.

Work by George Condo

The permanent collection is so vast that only a fraction of it is ever displayed at any given moment. Thus, every time one frequents the space, it is likely that a whole new group of works will be on display. The first time I visited, works by Takashi Murakami, El Anatsui and others were on display.  This past time around, works by George Condo, Michael Krebber and Jose Davila graced the gallery walls.

Jacqueline Humphries, Untitled, 2015

Artists in the permanent collection include Tauba Auerbach, John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, Cecily Brown,  Tracey Emin, Urs Fischer, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Zhang Huan, Jacqueline Humphries, Alex Israel, Anish Kapoor, KAWS, Jeff Koons, Yayoi Kusama, Mariko Mori, Albert Oehlen, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt, Sterling Ruby, Cindy Sherman, Mark Tansey, and, Ai Weiwei, to name a few…

Olafur Eliasson’s Reality Projector

The current main exhibition on view when I went was Olafur Eliasson: Reality Projector. I blogged before about Eliasson’s solo exhibition at the Red Brick Art Museum in Beijing, which, I have to say, was much vastly more comprehensive than this show at the Marciano Art Foundation. The site-specific exhibition features a main room, completely dark, with color projections that move across a far wall. The result, while striking and encompassing, can leave the viewer wanting more.

Olafur Eliasson’s Reality Projector

Reality Projector is the second artist’s project for the Marciano Art Foundation. Utilizing the existing architecture of the Theater Gallery, and referencing its original function as a Masonic Theatre, Eliasson creates a dynamic shadow and color technologically-induced interplay. The artist hoped to turn the gallery into an abstract, three-dimensional-esque film space, subtly paying homage to the history of film-making in the City of Angels.

All in all, it’s worth the visit, especially to see the permanent collection. Though, Ai Weiwei is hosting an exhibition in the fall at the Marciano Art Foundation, which will likely be a knock-out.

***Several images via Marciano Foundation website