After nearly a decade of negotiating, George Lucas has finally settled on Exposition Park in L.A. as the home for his Museum of Narrative Art (cities in the running included San Francisco and Chicago). Lucas will fund the project in it’s entirety at the cost of at least $1 billion.
The museum will house Lucas’ personal art collection which includes some 10,000 paintings and illustrations. You know, the kind of stuff that you would expect to find in a traditional fine art museum. But fear not Star Wars fans—there’s going to be plenty for you as well.
George Lucas notes:
The Lucas Museum will be a barrier free museum where artificial divisions between “high” art and “popular” art are absent, allowing you to explore a wide array of compelling visual storytelling. Visitors who might be less inclined to visit a traditional fine art museum will be invited to engage with and relate to art forms they recognize and love.
Indeed, the museum will include loads of artwork and props from Star Wars films and other Hollywood classics.
The Lucas Museum website also reveals that there will be restaurants, theaters, lecture halls, a library, editing classrooms and more. Plans for the facility call for roughly 265,000 square-feet of space on a seven-acre lot. There’s no word yet on when the museum is expected to open.
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