George Lucas Plans to Open an Art MuseumWednesday, March 6, 2013
George Lucas may have stepped away from blockbuster filmmaking for now, but he already has an exciting new project on his horizons. The Star Wars creator plans to build an art museum in San Francisco.
“It’s my big project right now,” Lucas told CBS. “There’s a world of young people who need to be inspired.”
The museum will not focus on Star Wars, but instead feature Lucas’ private collection of artwork. The filmmaker told CBS he hopes to create an institution dedicated to cultural fantasy that will celebrate storytelling, animation and digital design.
As an avid collector since his days in film school, Lucas’ first purchase was a comic book illustration. His current collection consists of pieces from Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell. “I basically buy what I love,” says Lucas. According to CBS, he has enough artwork in his personal collection to rotate a gallery every six months for six years.
“You either look at the world through cynical eyes or through idealistic eyes,” says Lucas. “I don’t see anything wrong with having an idealistic, sentimental, fun point of view.”
Watch the full interview below and tell us what you think!