George Lucas's Museum of Narrative Art Will Be Built in Los Angeles

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by Catherine Garcia

By 2020, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, with Norman Rockwell paintings hanging next to sketches from Indiana Jones, will be open in Los Angeles.

The $1 billion museum will be built in Exposition Park, with the museum's board of directors saying in a statement on Tuesday they chose Los Angeles over San Francisco because it will fulfill "our goal of inspiring, engaging, and educating a broad and diverse visitorship." In his own statement, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that thanks to George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, "millions of Angelenos and visitors will enjoy an extraordinary collection anchored in storytelling—an art that carries so much meaning in the history and legacy of Los Angeles."

The museum said it will house works from Edgar Degas, Pierre-August Renoir, and Lucas's own collection, celebrating "the power of visual storytelling in a setting focused on narrative painting, illustration, photography, film, animation, and digital art."

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