Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Reopens November 12 with New Exhibit
Always More: Collecting in Las Vegas
Exhibition offers first look at pieces on loan from notable Las Vegas collectors
MGM Resorts Art & Culture will unveil Always More: Collecting in Vegas at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art on November 12 as the venue reopens and welcomes back guests. Always More: Collecting in Vegas features a selection of works on loan from a number of Las Vegas collectors, as well as signature pieces from the MGM Resorts Art Collection.
Takashi Murakami, Dragon Shen Breathes Out a Pavilion, 2016, Acrylic, gold leaf, and platinum leaf on canvas mounted on aluminum.
MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection.
The featured works represent a cross-section of 20th century and contemporary art from a variety of artists including Diane Arbus, Ross Bleckner, Cecily Brown, George Condo, Takashi Murakami, James Nares, Helmut Newton, Pablo Picasso, Joyce Pensato, Richard Prince, Robert Rauschenberg, Kazuo Shiraga, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Rosemarie Trockel and Manolo Valdés.
Always More: Collecting in Vegas is inspired by the notion that collecting art is a highly personal journey. When adding art to their homes, collectors consider a variety of factors including what feelings a piece evokes; what meaning it brings into the space; the cultural significance of the work; and the visual appeal. As guests experience Always More, they are encouraged to reflect on these factors and the emotional and cultural value of collecting art.
The exhibition is co-curated by Executive Director of MGM Resorts Art & Culture Tarissa Tiberti and Las Vegas-based private art advisor and strategist Heather Harmon.
“Las Vegas is a city rooted in history and culture. Art has been and continues to be an essential part of that story. At MGM Resorts, we value the fact that art is truly part of our DNA, and we strive to achieve a cohesive blend of entertainment, culture and luxury for our visitors. Showcasing our community and its collections seemed to be a great opportunity for the reopening of Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art,” said Tiberti. “Also, a special thank you to Heather who has played an integral role in this exhibition. As our co-curator, she was able to weave her vast knowledge and passion for Las Vegas into every detail. Her expertise has been invaluable in making this show come to life.”
Raised in Las Vegas and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Harmon is deeply immersed in the local art scene and recently served as Director of the Nevada Museum of Art, helping to establish an art museum in Southern Nevada. Harmon lends her expertise to artists, galleries and museums around the world.
BGFA will be open daily 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. For information, call (702) 693-7871 or (877) 957-9777, or visit bellagio.com/bgfa.
This exhibition will close on February 15, 2021.
As part of MGM Resorts’ Seven-Point Safety Plan and State guidelines, masks will be required to enter the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Additionally, distancing will be encouraged with reminders throughout the space. Guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets online or via QR code on their mobile device, limiting the physical exchange of materials with staff. Printed collateral will not be available, and guests are invited to view the exhibition brochure online.
About Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Located at the heart of Bellagio Resort & Casino, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is Las Vegas’ premier exhibition space. Since opening in 1998, the gallery has presented exhibitions of artworks and objects drawn from internationally acclaimed museums and private collections, including Yayoi Kusama, Primal Water: An Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Art; Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection; Town and Country: From Degas to Picasso; Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the 20th Century; Picasso: Creatures and Creativity; Fabergé Revealed; and Warhol Out West.
About MGM Resorts Art & Culture
MGM Resorts Art & Culture focuses on commissioning, collecting, supporting and presenting contemporary art in and around MGM Resorts’ destinations globally. Currently, the MGM Resorts Art Collection includes more than 800 pieces by over 200 artists.
MGM Resorts Art & Culture was established in 2016 to encompass all of MGM Resorts’ collections and varied art-related initiatives and partnerships to develop a comprehensive, multifaceted arts program. Reflecting the company’s core values of inclusivity and diversity, MGM Resorts Art & Culture aims to create special, accessible experiences for all audiences. Each project thoughtfully considers the artist, the environment, and the overall experience, recognizing the power of art to evoke emotion, engage the senses, and spark conversation. Art is prevalent throughout MGM Resorts’ distinctive world-class brands, including Bellagio, ARIA, Vdara, MGM Grand, and Delano Las Vegas; as well as MGM National Harbor outside of Washington, D.C., MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, and internationally at MGM MACAU and MGM COTAI.