2018 / Las Vegas / Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art “Primal Water” Exhibition, Jun 29 – Oct. 21

Across the water, 2017, Nao Yoshigai

Bellagio Resort & Casino
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Primal Water
June 29 – Oct. 21, 2018

Celebrates Significant Japanese Artists
New Exhibition to Feature Works by Contemporary Artists

Showcasing diverse Japanese artworks connected to the theme of water’s vitality to the existence of life, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art  will unveil its new exhibition, Primal Water, on June 29.

The exhibition is curated by Midori Nishizawa and includes important works of post-war and contemporary Japanese art.

Primal Water includes 28 works in various forms, including painting, sculpture, photography, site-specific installation and film.

The 14 featured artists span over four generations, and each work approaches the theme of water in different ways: from documenting its absence, capturing its abundance, decontextualizing its existence and exploring its relationship with humanity.

Primal Water includes works such as Shoji Ueda’s Seascape (1933) and portraits of his family at the Tottori Sand Dunes taken from 1949 to 1963; Japanese scientist Ukichiro Nakaya’s pioneering film Snow Crystals (1939), which documents his research of the formation of snowflakes; and Noriyuki Haraguchi’s Ship 13 (1966), a sculpture inspired by battleships located on the U.S. Naval base at Yokosuka, home to Haraguchi and the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet.

The exhibition also includes several commissioned and site-specific works, including Vertical Emptiness BG, 2018, a large installation created from local Mesquite tree branches and other materials, then suspended from the ceiling by Yasuaki Onishi.

Additionally, for the first time, the exhibit expands beyond the walls of the gallery, with Work (Water), 1956/2018 by Sadamasa Motonaga installed in the lobby atrium of ARIA Resort & Casino.

Further artists featured in the exhibition include Noe Aoki, Koji Enokura, Yayoi Kusama, Yukio Nakagawa, Fujiko Nakaya, Rei Naito, Machiko Ogawa, Motonao Takasaki and Nao Yoshigai.

Primal Water will be on view Friday, June 29 through Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for Nevada residents, seniors 65 and older, and students, teachers and military with valid ID. Children 12 and younger are free. For groups of 10 or more, the gallery offers special pricing of $10 per person.

For additional information, call (702) 693-7871 or (877) 957-9777, or visit bellagio.com/bgfa.

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is open daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Last admissions are sold 30 minutes prior to closing. Guests may enjoy complimentary daily docent tours at 2 p.m., and private docent tours are available at an additional cost.

About Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Located at the heart of the elegant Bellagio Resort & Casino, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is Las Vegas’ premier exhibition space – where great art goes on vacation.

Since opening in 1998, the gallery has presented exhibitions of artworks and objects drawn from internationally acclaimed museums and private collections, including Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection; I Am The Greatest: Muhammad Ali; Town and Country: From Degas to Picasso; Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the 20th Century; Picasso: Creatures and Creativity; Fabergé Revealed; and Warhol Out West.