The museum’s board had announced in January its plan for the museum in Exposition Park after considering both San Francisco and Los Angeles.
“People come to Los Angeles from all over the world to be inspired by art, and to see things they have only imagined become real through storytelling,” said mayor Eric Garcetti following the council’s decision. “The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will add another world-class institution to our city’s cultural landscape, and bring a breathtaking architectural jewel to Exposition Park. I am proud to have worked with George Lucas and Mellody Hobson to bring this incredible gift to Los Angeles - and I applaud the city council for voting to approve a gem for South LA that will touch the lives of Angelenos and visitors for generations to come.”
The museum describes narrative art as art that tells - or narrates - a story through imagery. “The power of a story is in how and what it makes us feel,” it says. “Images ignite imagination, evoke emotions and capture universal cultural truths and aspirations. We think you will see a bit of yourself in the collection - even in stories from long ago or depictions of worlds in the distant future.” The Lucas Museum might for example feature a 19th-century European painting alongside a 21st-century original Manga drawing – “both bona fide works of narrative art” it says.