The Neon Museum announces the Engelstad Foundation as presenting sponsor of its upcoming exhibition, “Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum Presented by the Engelstad Foundation.” With a gift of $250,000, the Las Vegas-based foundation will fund a substantial portion of the costs associated with bringing this landmark, large-scale exhibition to the museum this fall. Opening Oct. 15 and on view through Feb. 15, 2020, Burton’s exhibition 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.
“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 film making 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.