Neon Museum to Present Tim Burton Exhibit

Tuesday July 23, 2019

Opening October 15 and on view through February 15, 2020, Burton's exhibition, "Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum Presented by the Engelstad Foundation," represents the first time in nearly a decade the renowned American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator will stage an exhibition of his original fine art in the United States.

"We are immensely grateful to the Engelstad Foundation for this generous demonstration of support for the most exciting art exhibitions ever to be staged in Las Vegas," said Rob McCoy, president and chief executive officer, The Neon Museum.

"Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum Presented by the Engelstad Foundation" will comprise sculptural and digital installations celebrating Burton's link to Las Vegas' historical neon heritage. These artworks, many of which will be site-specific creations, will play with the museum's landmark sign collection, which was prominently featured in Burton's film "Mars Attacks!"

This irreverent homage to the sci-fi B-movies of the 1950s and 1960s and the disaster films of the 1970s unleashed gleefully destructive alien invaders upon gamblers, casino workers and Tom Jones. The presentation of Burton's art in Las Vegas represents a unique experience where the host institution also serves as creative inspiration. The museum's distinctive campus will be transformed through the artist's singular vision for this original exhibition. of new work as well as previously exhibited pieces.

Burton is widely regarded as one of cinema's most imaginative and visual filmmakers. He has achieved both critical and financial success in the live-action and animation genres. Burton's accomplishments in filmmaking are a consequence of his artistic eye. Long before becoming a director, he expressed himself through drawing and painting, which also became an integral part of his creative process. Burton's past exhibitions have drawn millions of patrons around the world in cities such as Melbourne, Los Angeles, Paris, Prague, Tokyo, São Paulo, and Mexico City. His exhibition at MoMA in New York City drew over 800,000 visitors, making it the third most attended exhibition ever.

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