Posted on 26 Jan
After much debate between settling in S.F. vs. L.A., George Lucas’s highly anticipated Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will open in the City of Angels. Envisioned as a nontraditional museum with an unprecedented collection, free from divisions between “high” art and “popular” art, the billion-dollar complex will house diverse works that celebrate the art of storytelling—a fitting focus for the creator of one of the most beloved film series of all time.
The holdings will look at art through three distinct lenses: The History of Narrative Art, which will feature traditional paintings by the likes of Edgar Degas, Winslow Homer, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as illustration, children’s art, comic art, and photography; The Art of Cinema, which will explore cinematic art and the design process, with conceptual art, set design, storyboards, props, costumes, fashion, animation, and visual effects; and The Digital Art lens, showcasing new technologies and media from digital architecture, including works by Andy Warhol, Zaha Hadid, Pixar Animation, and more.
To be located in L.A.’s Exposition Park, adjacent to Lucas’s alma mater, the University of Southern California, the approximately 270,000-square-foot museum will be surrounded by plenty of green space, allowing visitors to relax, unwind, and maybe even work on a masterpiece of their own. Complete with a bold design by award-winning architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, the museum is slated to open on May 4, 2020, which just so happens to be Star Wars Day.