George Lucas set to build $400 million art museum in Chicago
George Lucas' plan to build a new museum in Chicago has been approved by the city's council this week.
Council members voted in favour of the design for the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which will house the film-maker's unique personal collection of art and memorabilia.
Construction on the $400 million project is now set to begin next year, with the museum due to open on the shore of Lake Michigan in 2019.
In addition to the large exhibition halls, the museum will also include a restaurant and screening rooms, and will be surrounded by a large new public space.
"George Lucas has revolutionized the art of storytelling over the last four decades and we are honored to be the recipient of this incredible legacy investment that will allow everyone to learn about and experience narrative arts," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
"No other museum like this exists in the world, making it a tremendous educational, cultural and job creation asset for all Chicagoans, as well as an unparalleled draw for international tourists."
Lucas' collection features a wealth of popular art, from illustration to comic books, from artists including Norman Rockwell, N.C Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Chandler Christy, John teniel, Alberto Vargas and Carl Banks.
The museum will also be home to Lucas' extensive personal collection of original artwork, sketches, designs, models, props and memorabilia from his filmmaking career.
The focus on narrative art mirrors Lucas' passion for storytelling through visual mediums. As the museum's website states, "What distinguishes narrative art from other genres is its ability to capture a shared experience across diverse cultures preserving it for future generations."
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