Dreamworks SKG founders Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg have both made sizable donations to the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Because of the combined $20 million donation, the two main galleries on the lobby floor of the new museum will be named after the honcho’s families: The Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery and The Spielberg Family Gallery.
The two galleries will be the only gallery spaces on the lobby level of the museum and will showcase exhibitions that will explore the past, present and future of moviemaking.
Said Spielberg in a statement: “I am so pleased to join with Jeffrey to help build this museum to celebrate, educate, and preserve the arts and sciences of motion pictures. Having our family name on the lobby floor is a deeply personal way to say how much motion pictures and the Academy have meant to all our lives.”
Added Katzenberg: “Both Steven and I recognize that film’s global impact deserves a museum that reflects its unequaled heritage and serves as a beacon for the future of what we love. Marilyn and I appreciate the opportunity to be part of such a significant project.”
The 300,000-sqaure-foot Academy Museum is slated to open in 2017.
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