L.A. Steps Up The Art Scene…

Great artistic genes.

Oops, I mean jeans.

The Marciano brothers, creators of the ionic Guess clothing line, opened a museum in Los Angeles in May 2017.

Mary Weatherford, City 2017. Flashe and neon on linen

Maurice and Paul Marciano have been collecting contemporary art since the 1990s.

A rotating selection of the permanent 1,500 piece collection is showcased.

I had the pleasure of exploring this hidden gem.

Located in a stately section of Hancock Park off Wilshire Boulevatd, the Marciano Foundation Museum has transformed the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple into an admirable artistic treasure trove.

The Foundation paid $8 million for the 110,000 square foot building which spans four floors.

Ugo Rondinone Clockwork For Oracles 2008 Mirror, colored plastic gel, wood

The Museum features a wide ranging contemporary collection.

The vast galleries are a perfect backdrop for the artwork spanning  the late  20th and 21st century.


The Twist cafe and bookstore are both inviting.

As with the Broad Museum in downtown LA, entry is free…you just need to go online and reserve.

Parking is gratis so you can enjoy a cultural dalliance without spending a penny.

Scroll down and take a tour of the museum.

Before entering the stately building you initially are greeted by three large outdoor sculptures.

Franz West Eidos 2009. Lacquered aluminum

Upon entering you approach an A. WeiWei bicycle sculpture. We iWei is a contemporary Chinese artist and noted political activist and dissident.

An addition WeiWei sculpture is featured…a marble chair which you are encouraged to sit on.

Ai WeiWei Sofa In Black 2011 Marble.
Jennifer Guidi 2017 Thoughts Move Along Your Ridge. Sand, acrylic, oil on linen

The mezzanine has a mural painting representing Los Angeles by Alex Israel (2008). With Valet Parking, Israel effectively blends and blurs the line between homage and parody, cynicism and hope.

One of the major exhibits is Yayoi Kusama’s, With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever.

The pioneering multimedia artist’s work has transcended the most important art movements of the second half of the 20th century.

Photographs from 700 Nimes Road by Catherine Opie are on display.

Opie spent 6 months exploring Elizabeth Taylor’s home before and after her death in 2011.

Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewels

Taylor and Opie never met. The photos of her clothing, jewelry, rooms, closets and shoes provide an intimate portrait of the woman.

The 3rd floor features the permanent collection.

Charles Ray, Girl On Pony 2011. Aluminum

Not a painting…the view from the 3rd floor

There’s an overview.

For an interlude of stunning contemporary art without the price tag, head to the Marciano Art Foundation.

Maurice and Paul Marciano Art Foundation  4357 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, California. Open Thursday, Friday, Sunday 11am-5pm, Saturday 11am-6pm. Free parking. Tickets only available online.


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