It’s official, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will reside in Chicago. A few cities were campaigning to become the home of George Lucas’ museum, including Los Angeles, but Chicago was chosen last week. Formerly referred to as the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) will feature a base collection donated by Lucas himself. Though the museum will undoubtedly feature items from the history of Star Wars, it’s misleading to call it a Star Wars museum. The LMNA is dubbed as “an anthropological museum of visual storytelling.”
The museum’s collection will include works from artists such as Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, and Howard Chandler Christy. It will also feature work from Industrial Light & Magic, including concept art. The LMNA’s website states it “will be a gathering place to experience narrative art and the evolution of moving images – from illustration to cinema to the digital mediums of the future.”
To that end, the donations from Lucas’ art collection span a century and a half. You’ll be able to see mediums and techniques evolve through history. In an interview with Disney Dose, the head of PR for the museum, David Perry, said Lucas has a wide variety of pieces to donate to the LMNA: “This museum will encompass the history of storytelling and a huge part of it is George’s personal connection. If we only used his art, we could rotate an exhibit every 6 months for 9 years an NEVER repeat a piece of art. The collection is worth anything from $600 million to priceless.”
The LMNA will settle into 17 acres in Chicago’s Museum Campus. The area is already home to the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and Field Museum of Natural History. Lucas’ museum is scheduled to open in 2018.
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