Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

Perhaps surprisingly to some, there is much more to do in Las Vegas than engaging in drunken shenanigans, baking in the sun next to the pool or gambling away your life savings. No judgement from me, but none of those things are my cup of tea.

Over the next several days I’ll share some of the things my friend Stephanie and I got up to during our girls’ weekend in Las Vegas.

First we’ll visit the small Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art with its current installations featuring Japanese contemporary artist, Yayoi Kusama.

Narcissus Garden features 750 stainless steel balls “that create an infinite lake that distorts images of reality reflected on the surface of the 12-inch orbs.”

This particular installation was originally created 5 decades ago, and has been re-installed in various locations multiple times over the years.

Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity is set in a small room that you enter solo or in pairs. Once the door closes behind you, “an array of lights ignite a delicate mirage mirrored on every surface representing the eternal cycle of life over the span of just under a minute.”

The mirrors camouflage the walls, tricking your mind into thinking that you’re in a much larger space.

“The space represents Kusama’s lifelong obsession with the dissolution of the self into the infinite.

Being in such tight quarters with the boundaries distorted made me a little bit claustrophobic and dizzy, and I was relieved when the door opened behind me.

Yayoi Kusama has been acknowledged as one of the most important Japanese artists. Amongst her numerous accolades are Praemium Imperiale, and Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art offers the opportunity to experience works by various renowned artists in its intimate setting.

The featured artists and works change regularly, so I do recommend checking it out if you’re in Las Vegas. I remember years ago visiting during a showing of Ansel Adams black and white photography that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Have you ever been to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art?

Bonne journée!

Marla

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