George Lucas settles on LA as the home for his MAD-designed Museum of Narrative Art

The Lucas Museum will be a barrier free museum where artificial divisions between 'high' art and 'popular' art are absent, allowing you to explore a wide array of compelling visual storytelling
– George Lucas

George Lucas’s long-held dream to build a museum celebrating the art of storytelling may finally come to fruition, with the Hollywood director closing in on an agreement to construct the complex in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park.

The long-running saga – which has seen the project beset by legal battles and location changes – took a surprising twist last month when Lucas unveiled alternative designs for the museum in LA and San Francisco and announced he would choose between the two sites.

Chinese architect Ma Yansong and his studio MAD created the designs, and officials from the two cities were invited to make their case for winning the project, which Lucas has pledged to fund himself.

Yesterday, (10 January), the museum’s board of directors confirmed LA as their site of choice, and pledged to build "one of the most imaginative and inclusive art museums in the world – a global destination that all Angelenos and Californians will be proud to call their own."

Explaining the decision in a statement, the board added: “While each location offers many unique and wonderful attributes, South Los Angeles’ Promise Zone best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship.

"Exposition Park is a magnet for the region and accessible from all parts of the city. As a museum uniquely focused on narrative art, we look forward to becoming part of a dynamic museum community, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country's leading universities as well as three other world-class museums."

Ma’s design for LA, which includes several acres of surrounding parkland, is an example of his trademark organic and futuristic form-making, and evokes one of the spacecraft familiar from Lucas’ Star Wars franchise.

The museum’s board will now look to finalise the design and planning details of the project. Lucas wishes to avoid the problems that scuppered his previous ambition to build the museum on Chicago’s waterfront, which was halted after a lawsuit filed by campaign group Friends of the Park caused delays.

When finished, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will house the filmmakers collection of 40,000 paintings, comics, illustrations and film-related items, including props and storyboards from Star Wars.

According to Lucas, it will be “a barrier free museum where artificial divisions between ‘high’ art and ‘popular’ art are absent, allowing you to explore a wide array of compelling visual storytelling” that invites visitors uninterested in traditional fine art museums “to engage with and relate to art forms they recognise and love.”

George Lucas  Lucas Museum of Narrative Art  San Francisco  Exposition Park  MAD Architects  Ma Yansong  architecture  design  Star Wars 
Related stories
03 Jan 2017

Crunch time for George Lucas as director prepares to finalise museum location

27 Oct 2016

Potential designs unveiled for both San Francisco and Los Angeles as Lucas Museum saga continues

04 Oct 2016

George Lucas donates US$1.5m to Norman Rockwell Museum

27 Jun 2016

Lucas museum coming to California after director drops Chicago plans

04 May 2016

George Lucas looking for alternative museum sites as Chicago plan unravels

George Lucas’s long-held dream to build a museum celebrating the art of storytelling may finally come to fruition, with the Hollywood director closing in on an agreement to construct the complex in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park. The long-running saga – which has seen the project beset by legal battles and location changes – took a surprising twist last month when Lucas unveiled alternative designs for the museum in LA and
VAT,HAM,AAC,ARC,DES,DEV,CLD
The museum will be located in the city's Exposition Park / Lucas Museum of Narrative Art/MAD Architects
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7794     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7794     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: Robert D. Henry Architects + Interiors
Robert D Henry Architects (RDH-Architects) was founded in 1990 in New York City by Bob Henry, known as the “sensuous architect of serenity.”
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
Renzo Piano’s Untitled restaurant at the Whitney
Susan Ungaro has been president of the James Beard Foundation since 2006;
"It was a truly one of a kind look"

On the winners of the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards

Freediving to the bottom of the cylindrical pool at 40m – the height of nine double decker buses
Architect, resort owner and pool designer Emanuele Boaretto
"We’re now consulting all over the world with architects and developers on other dive pool projects "

Kath Hudson talks to Italian architect Emanuele Boaretto about building the world’s deepest diving pool to regenerate both his own spa resort and the region

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
features
Local limestone was used in the construction of the hotel’s walls
Matteo Thun leads a design studio of over 70 people, with offices in Milan and Shanghai
"We want a longer life cycle for every product, even if it means business is slower"

Simplicity and sustainability should be at the heart of all design argues the Italian architect

Mori’s design for the airy visitor centre of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, New York
Born in Kobe, Japan and later growing up in New York, Mori has become a trailblazer for women in architecture around the world
"Every decision you make, you should think seven generations ahead"

From a compressed earth cultural centre in Senegal to the sleek Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Mori’s work shares a clarity of purpose

features
Respecting the hotel’s heritage was key, says Maria Vafiadis
"We were very conscious of the heritage we were dealing with"

MKV completes the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane redesign

The hotels at Lake Nona feature Delos Stay Well© rooms, designed to promote sleep and wellbeing
"If you look at the amount of money we spend on healthcare in the US, and the amount of disease, we have you’ll understand why a lot of folks are starting to look for alternatives - Steve Nygren, Founder, Serenbe"

The US wellness communities providing a new model for living

cladkit product news
Codelocks develops new glass door smart lock
The new lock model allows facilities and building managers to create and manage access via an app or online portal
Megan Whitby
Codelocks has launched its first glass door smart lock to bring intelligent access control to modern spa, leisure, fitness and ...
Eden project uses drones to spell out climate change warning
Magali Robathan
Almost 300 drones were used to signal an environmental message above the Eden Project’s biomes, during the UN Climate Change ...
Alberto Apostoli and Newform collaborate to launch the A.Zeta showerhead
The showerhead offers two modes; rainfall or waterfall
Megan Whitby
Italian architect Alberto Apostoli has renewed his partnership with Newform – an Italian wellness company – and designed A.Zeta. A.Zeta ...
cladkit product news
Alberto Apostoli designs tech-forward Wellness Therapy furniture collection for Varaschin
The furniture collection draws on absolute geometries, pure lines, neutral colours and strong references to nature
Megan Whitby
Furniture manufacturer Varaschin has unveiled the new Wellness Therapy range, designed by Italian spa and wellness architect and designer Alberto ...
Eco Resort Network conference to convene in Mauritius this May
The event will be hosted in the Mauritius in 2024
Megan Whitby
Hospitality industry event Eco Resort Network is set to take place at the Ravenala Attitude Hotel, Turtle Bay, Mauritius, from ...
CSI Design Expo Americas 2024 announces new Attractions & Entertainment Technology Zone
The event will allow buyers and suppliers to meet
Magali Robathan
Cruise Ship Interiors (CSI) invites cruise lines, shipyards, design studios, outfitters, and suppliers to take part in CSI Design Expo ...
cladkit product news
Mather & Co and ITV unite to create Coronation Street Experience
Mather & Co has transformed the visitor centre into the ultimate haven for ardent Coronation Street viewers
Magali Robathan
Experience designers, Mather & Co, have orchestrated a remarkable collaboration with ITV to unveil the new Coronation Street Experience, a ...
Siminetti unveils iridescent decorative panelling range inspired by plants
The Clematis design
Megan Whitby
The Botanicals is Siminetti’s newest Mother of Pearl decorative panelling collection, inspired by the distinctive patterns found in botany and ...
Koto Design introduces wood-fired hot tub
Koto is known for crafting modular, energy-neutral cabins and homes
Katie Barnes
A striking wood-fired hot tub has been unveiled by Koto, an architecture and design studio which has a passion for ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates