Film director George Lucas has finally settled on a location for a new $1 billion museum.
George Lucas has finally found a home for the planned $1 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The museum board of directors recently announced that Los Angeles was selected — over San Francisco — to house the planned museum.
The Lucas museum will be built in Exposition Park, near downtown Los Angeles. It will feature memorabilia from “Star Wars” and “The Wizard of Oz,” as well as fine art and popular art. It will include narrative paintings, comic art, illustration, photography and other media. Lucas’ own personal art collection — including works from Edgar Degas, Winslow Homer, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Norman Rockwell — will also be featured.
According to a letter posted on the museum website from the Lucas Museum board of directors, Los Angeles was chosen over San Francisco because it “best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community.” The letter continues:
“As a museum uniquely focused on narrative art, we look forward to becoming part of a dynamic museum community, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country’s leading universities as well as three other world-class museums.”
Lucas is financing the museum himself. He’s been working on the museum project for nearly a decade.
The museum was originally planned for Chicago, but a lawsuit against building the museum there stymied the effort, Slate reports.
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