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Rendering of the planned Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles. Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Rendering of the planned Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles. Courtesy The Lucas Museum
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George Lucas Plans $1bn Museum In Los Angeles For His Art Collection

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Art & Design Editor
Updated: 17 January 2017
With an impressive collection of over 10,000 works, Star Wars director George Lucas has wanted to build an art museum for a number of years and at last the wait is over as the location city has been announced as Los Angeles. Culture Trip takes a look at the building’s spaceship-like designs and the artworks you’ll be able to experience.

The non-profit Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, with a hefty price tag of $1bn, is set to be the most anticipated museum in California since The Broad. Chinese architect Ma Yansong, of Beijing-based MAD Architects has been set the task of designing the ode to Narrative Art and if the concept designs are anything to go by, the building will echo the galactic spacecrafts of Lucas’ famous Star Wars franchise.

Rendering of the planned Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles
Rendering of the planned Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles. Courtesy The Lucas Museum

Backed enthusiastically by LA politicians, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be built on two parking lots to create the Exposition Park in Los Angeles. Although opinion is divided between critics to the aesthetic and conceptual worth of Narrative Art, we think the varied collection will appeal to a wide audience; from children to adults, students to established artists, design enthusiasts to technophobes.

William de Leftwich Dodge, Guinevere, 1910 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
William de Leftwich Dodge, ‘Guinevere’, 1910 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum

Narrative Art

‘Narrative is one of the oldest and most important impulses in art,’ said George Lucas, the museum’s founder. ‘It is also the most popular form of art. Tracing the arc of narrative art reveals how culture is created, reinforced, and then compelled to evolve.’ Encompassing numerous periods, styles and mediums, the collection is made up of work that illustrate scenes from daily life, history and fiction. Whether it’s the decoration on the side of an ancient Greek vase, a cartoon strip, or a Renoir painting, the common theme running through all the works is that they ultimately tell a story.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 'Les Enfants au Bord de la Mer', 1894 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, ‘Les Enfants au Bord de la Mer’, 1894 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum

The Art of Cinema

As there are multiple facets to Narrative Art, the collection is divided into sub categories and as you might expect The Art of Cinema will have a prominent role. Here, you’ll encounter the breadth of moving images with everything from costume design, set design, prop design – yes there is an original Millennium Falcon model – animation and visual effects.

Doug Chiang, STAR WARS™: Episode I The Phantom Menace. Production painting | © & ™ 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd.
Doug Chiang, ‘STAR WARS™: Episode I The Phantom Menace’. Production painting | © & ™ 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Digital Art

Focusing on works that have been made using computer technology, digital art varies from cinema storyboard stills, architectural designs, 3D printed sculpture, digital illustration and fine art. So you can expect to see David Hockney’s celebrated iPad drawings as well as works by Michael Hansmeyer that utilize laser cutting techniques.

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David Hockney, ‘The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 – 19 May’, May 19, 2011, iPad drawing printed on paper | © David Hockney. Courtesy The Lucas Museum

Here are some examples of other types of works that will be on view

Norman Rockwell, 'Couple in Rumbleseat', 1935 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Norman Rockwell, ‘Couple in Rumbleseat’, 1935 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
N.C. Wyeth, 'The Pioneer & the Vision', 1918 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
N.C. Wyeth, ‘The Pioneer & the Vision’, 1918 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Jessie, Woody and Buzz in Toy Story 3 | © Disney/Pixar. Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Jessie, Woody and Buzz in ‘Toy Story 3’ | © Disney/Pixar. Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Christian Dior (1905-1957), Junon, c.1949 | © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Christian Dior (1905-1957), ‘Junon’, c.1949 | © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Thomas Heath Robinson, 'Una and the Red Cross Knight', 1905 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Thomas Heath Robinson, ‘Una and the Red Cross Knight’, 1905 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Robert Capa, 'Picasso and Francoise Gilot, Antibes', 1948 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Robert Capa, ‘Picasso and Francoise Gilot, Antibes’, 1948 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Millennium Falcon, STAR WARS™: Episode IV A New Hope, Model. © & ™ 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd.
Millennium Falcon, ‘STAR WARS™: Episode IV A New Hope, Model’. | © & ™ 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd.
Edgar Degas, 'Italienne', 1856 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Edgar Degas, ‘Italienne’, 1856 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Ralph McQuarrie, 'Luke and Yoda: Exterior of Yoda's Hut' | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Ralph McQuarrie, ‘Luke and Yoda: Exterior of Yoda’s Hut’ | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
An Attic Black-Figured Amphora, 520 BCE |Courtesy The Lucas Museum
An Attic Black-Figured Amphora, 520 BCE | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Maynard Dixon, 'Road to the Ranch', 1945 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Maynard Dixon, ‘Road to the Ranch’, 1945 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Michael Hansmeyer, 'Subdivided Column' | Courtesy Michael Hansmeyer
Michael Hansmeyer, ‘Subdivided Column’ | Courtesy Michael Hansmeyer
Joseph Christian Leyendecker, 'Football Players & Fans' 1920 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Joseph Christian Leyendecker, ‘Football Players & Fans’ 1920 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Biolumes Avatar, 2009, Production still | © 2009 Twentieth Century Fox. All rights reserved.
Biolumes, ‘Avatar’, 2009, Production still | © 2009 Twentieth Century Fox. All rights reserved.
Helen Hyde, Summer Shower, 1909 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum
Helen Hyde, ‘Summer Shower’, 1909 | Courtesy The Lucas Museum

Find more information on The Lucas Museum here.