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New Marciano foundation proves the potential and the pitfalls of a vanity art museum

New Marciano foundation proves the potential and the pitfalls of a vanity art museum

Once upon a time, major collectors who wanted to share the art they had acquired and loved would eventually donate it to a trusted institution. Attention and care for posterity were assured.

Those days are on the wane, especially for contemporary art. Now, rather than give their art to a museum, many collectors are opening their own.

This week the Marciano Art Foundation joins the throng, opening to the public on Thursday in the long-shuttered, handsomely refurbished Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Boulevard. (Architect Kulapat Yantrasast did the renovation honors.) It’s a big, boxy barn of a building, decorated in travertine, gilding and mosaics. Brothers Paul and...

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