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Tim Burton's Original Fine Art Commands the Spotlight at the Neon Museum

By Jason R. Latham | October 2, 2019 | Culture

For the first time in nearly a decade in the U.S., filmmaker Tim Burton will exhibit his original fine art at the Neon Museum.

Tim Burton

Despite setting the city and its casinos ablaze in 1996’s Mars Attacks!, Tim Burton has a lot of love for Las Vegas. The Batman and Ed Wood director, who most recently brought Disney’s live-action Dumbo to big screens, returns to the desert this month with Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum, presented by The Engelstad Foundation, an exhibition of his original fine art—his first in the U.S. in nearly a decade. Described as an immersive experience through “digital and sculptural installations” that will be staged throughout Downtown’s Neon Museum Boneyard, North Gallery and the City of Las Vegas’ Boneyard Park, the exhibition will pay homage to the director’s fondness for the city and its glittery history. “These works reflect Burton’s nostalgic and affectionate theme of ‘light, night and illusion’ that runs through the exhibition,” explains Dawn Merritt, Neon Museum’s vice president and chief marketing officer. The centerpiece attraction is a dome structure featuring the “Lost Vegas” title —“a confluence of grand spectacle and intimate memory,” Merritt says. Oct. 15-Feb. 15, 2020