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Marciano Art Foundation Set to Open LA Museum in 2017

According to Janelle Zara of Artnews, the Marciano Art Foundation announced that its private LA museum will open in early 2017. The one-hundred-thousand-square-foot museum will be housed in a former Masonic temple, which the Guess cofounders and brothers Maurice and Paul Marciano bought in 2013 for $8 million, as previously reported. Renovations are being led by the California-based architectural firm wHY—which said the space is being redesigned for the display, research, performance, and making of contemporary art and will include an open storage archive and a young artists forum.

Philipp Kaiser, curator of the Swiss Pavilion at the upcoming 2017 Venice Biennale and a former senior curator at Los Angeles’s MOCA, will curate the museum’s inaugural exhibition.

Maurice and Paul began collecting art around 1990. According to the New York Times, between the brothers’ personal collections, their joint collection, the Guess collection, and their art foundation’s collection, they own approximately one thousand works.