What better time to enjoy the water than in the summer, and this summer, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art invites you to experience water in a new way during its new exhibition, Primal Water. The collection, curated by Midori Nishizawa, uses water as a motif to connect an array of distinct contemporary Japanese works.
The exhibit features 28 works in different forms, including painting, sculpture, photography, site-specific installation and film. There are 14 featured artists spanning over four generations, with each approaching the theme of water in different ways.
“Life revolves around water, and regions with an abundance of water fostered the growth of civilization around the globe. Las Vegas, having prospered as an oasis in the desert, has a meaningful connection with this theme,” said Nishizawa, in a statement. “These artworks allow us to contemplate water as the source of life and the dangers of its depletion. Featuring such artworks in Primal Water draws attention to the preciousness of water.”
Primal Water includes such pieces as Sh?ji Ueda’s Seascape (1933) and portraits of his family at the Tottori Sand Dunes taken from 1949 to 1963; Japanese scientist Ukichiro Nakaya’s pioneering film Snow Crystals (1939), which documents his research of the formation of snowflakes; and Noriyuki Haraguchi’s Ship 13 (1966), a sculpture inspired by battleships located on the U.S. Naval base at Yokosuka, home to Haraguchi and the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet.
Visitors will also be able to see some commissioned and site-specific works, including the large installation piece, Vertical Emptiness BG, 2018, by Yasuaki Onishi that is suspended from the ceiling. For the first time in the gallery’s history, the exhibit expands beyond the walls, with Water (Mizu), 1956/2018 by Sadamasa Motonaga installed in the lobby atrium of ARIA Resort & Casino.
Primal Water will be on view Friday, June 29 through Sunday, October 21.
The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.