In 2007, Donald and Doris Fisher—the founders of The Gap clothing empire, began to plan for a new museum devoted to their personal trove of Modern art—more than 1,100 works by 185 artists, considered one of the greatest private collections of modern and contemporary art in the world. The original plan was for the museum would be housed in a building at the Presidio, the scenic former military base turned national park which rises just above the Golden Gate. The Presidio museum would never come to fruition, with the collection adopted by the SFMOMA.
Now comes word of another famous San Francisco billionaire who wants to open an art museum in the Presidio to house his collection. George Lucas, of Star Wars and Lucasfilm fame wants a public space for his private collection of artworks and paintings—which he has been collecting since film school. He too has more than 1,000 works of art, enough to rotate a gallery collection every six months for six years
The museum would be reportedly dedicated to exploring "cultural fantasy."
Word of the museum project comes shortly after Lucas sold his company to Disney for about $4 billion. "It's my big project right now," Lucas told CBS. "There's a world of young people who need to be inspired."
Lucas has already submitted a 20-page proposal to the Presidio Trust (which manages the land where Lucas wants to build). There were 15 other proposals for the site beyond Lucas’, so it still might not come to fruition. But with the Walt Disney Family Museum, as well as Lucasfilms HQ already on the grounds, hopefully he will have an advantage in the negotiations.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Lucas is a big fan of Maxfield Parrish, the American painter who depicted lushly colored fantasy worlds. He is also a collector of Norman Rockwell and has a fondness for Rockwell paintings that depict that act of storytelling.
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