LAS VEGAS -- Two of the most famous museums in the world, the
Guggenheim of New York and the Hermitage of St. Petersburg, Russia,
have collaborated to show works from their collections in an
exhibit space to be created at the Venetian.
The 7,660-square-foot structure, to be called the
Hermitage-Guggenheim Museum, is scheduled to open in the
The Hermitage-Guggenheim, designed by Dutch architect Rem
Koolhaas, will be a contemporary area near the Venetian lobby.
A series of traveling exhibits will lead off with examples of
impressionism, post-impressionism and early modernism, focusing on
the turn of the 20th century, when conventional painting was
eclipsed by the avant-garde movement in Paris.
Tracing modernism's early beginnings in late 19th century
France, the exhibit will be introduced with Claude Monet's "Woman
in the Garden, Sainte-Adresse" (1867).
A scene of urban leisure by Camille Pissaro and portraits by
Pierre Auguste Renoir will represent the French avant-garde.
Post-impressionism will be depicted by Paul Gauguin's paintings
of Tahiti's native inhabitants and Paul Cezanne's landscape,
portraiture and still life.
Early 20th century modernism by colorists Pierre Matisse and
Pierre Bonnard will be balanced by the radical cubism of Pablo
Works by Marc Chagall, Andre Derain, Vasily Kandinsky, Franz
Marc, Amedeo Modigliani, Francis Picabia, Henri Rousseau, Gino
Servini, Louis Valtat and Kees Van Dongen also will be among the
pieces on loan.
Thomas Kerns, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation,
said the pairing of the Hermitage collection, whose works stop at
the beginning of the 20th century, and the Guggenheim collection,
which ranges from the late 19th century to the present, will create
"a superb cultural narrative."
A separate 63,700-square-foot Guggenheim Las Vegas museum, also
designed by Koolhaas, will open next summer next to the casino in
what was once a parking lot.
The Guggenheim Las Vegas, envisioned as exhibition space rather
than a museum, will be housed in a sparse, hangar-like structure
with 70-foot ceilings. It will be accessible from the Venetian and
not visible from the street.
The "Art of the Motorcycle," an exhibit elaborating on the
machines as both a cultural icon and design achievement, will open
The exhibit will feature more than 120 motorcycles. Presented
chronologically, it traces their evolution from the 1868 steam
engine attached to a bicycle to the Buell Blast of 2000.
A tentative $15 admission charge has been set for both