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