Venues and attractions inside Las Vegas casinos are slowly reopening. Bellagio was one of the first Vegas Strip casinos to reopen. The center-strip property continues to lead the way forward for Sin City. The latest reopening is the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.
The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art actually reopened on November 12 so you won’t be the first person to see the new exhibit. The first display at the gallery is “Always More: Collecting in Vegas.” This collection features a variety of pieces on loan from a number of Las Vegas collectors. The display also offers signature items from the MGM Resorts Art Collection.
You might not realize this but Las Vegas is full of passionate art collectors. Many have agreed to share some of their favorite pieces for this exhibition. Numerous items are on display publicly for the first time. The collectors sharing their art with the public include Jill and Frank Fertitta, Teresa and Lorenzo Fertitta, Robin and Danny Greenspun, Hunter Campbell, Dana and Greg Lee, Ralph DeLuca, and Elaine Wynn.
Always More: Collecting in Vegas
Always More: Collecting in Vegas is inspired by the idea that collecting art is a personal journey. When adding art to their homes, collectors consider a variety of factors besides will the pieces increase in value. This is the journey guests will take at Bellagio.
All art should evoke a feeling. Looking at personal art pieces allow guests to think about the meaning a piece brings into the space or the cultural significance of the work. This is why it’s important to detail the individuals who are lending the pieces.
Always More: Collecting in Vegas Artists
We can all learn a little about these collectors and Las Vegas luminaries. The featured works in Always More: Collecting in Vegas represent a cross-section of 20th century and contemporary art. The artists with work on display at Bellagio include:
- 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
- Manolo Valdés
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.”
On Display For A Limited Time
Always More: Collecting in Vegas at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art will be open Thursday – Monday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. This exhibition will close on February 15, 2021.
The gallery falls under MGM Resorts’ Seven-Point Safety Plan. It also adheres to state safety guidelines. All guests must wear masks in order to enter the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.
Once inside the gallery, MGM Resorts encourages safe distancing with reminders throughout the space. The company encourages guests to purchase tickets online or via QR code on a mobile device. This will limit the physical exchange of materials with staff.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.