Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

Although you may not think of Las Vegas as the first destination when it comes to seeing some culture, the Gallery of Fine Art at the Bellagio is one of the best places in town to see some of your favorite modern artists. The exhibits change seasonally but there are always very famous paintings on display. Right now the exhibit is ‘Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form’.

When the gallery first opened many critics thought they were crazy for opening an art gallery in Las Vegas. Most people come to Vegas to gamble, drink, see shows, but not to see famous pieces of art. However, soon after the gallery opened they had to move it to a much larger space to keep up with its high demand. People respected the cultural experience and came out in large numbers to view the paintings. However, when Steve Wynn sold the hotel to MGM Mirage, he took most of the paintings with him because many were personally owned by him. While now most of the artwork is borrowed, the news owners have expanded the collection and rotate it frequently since now the paintings are owned mostly by museums instead of one person. Since the change, the gallery has seen huge success.

Featuring more than 40 paintings, photographs and sculptures along with video installments by 29 artists whose traditional and contemporary perspectives on figurative art helped define the genre in the late 19th, 20th and early 21st centuries, “Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form” is an impressive array of some of the most beautiful art Las Vegas has ever seen.

Guests to this exhibit can experience figurative works by such artists as Pierre-August Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Joseph Cornell, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hickney, Judith Shea, Bill Viola, Yoshitoma Nara, Vanessa Beecroft and many more artists who helped shape modern and contemporary art.

This spectacular exhibit and its artwork have been shared to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art from the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. “Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form” will be displayed alongside works from the MGM Resorts International Fine Art Collection including art by Renoir, Picasso, Edgar Degas and Fernand Leger.

“Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form” will be in display through January 9, 2011.

The Bellagio continues to keep up its standards as one of the most culturally influential hotels in all of Las Vegas.  If you don’t make it to the gallery, there is still plenty of art on display all over the Bellagio. The resort’s most famous restaurant, Picasso, is decorated with Pablo Picasso originals all over the walls.