Art & Wine: A Perfect Pairing
Enjoy an interactive conversation about wine and art with BGFA director Tarissa Tiberti and master sommelier Jason Smith on the second Wednesday of every month from 5 - 7 p.m. Cost is $38. Guests must be at least 21.
The Bellagio hotel boasts some of Las Vegas' biggest artistic masterpieces. The hotel lobby's ceiling is adorned with a Dale Chihuly sculpture, commissioned exclusively for Bellagio. The piece, called Fiori di Como, is made of 2,000 colorful hand-blown glass flowers. The Picasso restaurant inside the Bellagio not only offers gourmet cuisine, but also surrounds diners with an extensive collection of original Picasso artwork.
But by far the largest display of art in the hotel can be found in the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Located at the heart of the luxurious Bellagio, the gallery presents world-class exhibitions of art and objects drawn from internationally known museums and private collections. The gallery opened in 1998 and has since showcased exhibitions including Monet masterworks, Andy Warhol's celebrity portraits, Picasso's ceramics and Alexander Calder mobiles.
Opening Nov. 14, "Faberge Revealed" showcases 238 rare Fabergé artifacts, the largest public collection of Fabergé items outside of Russia. The name Fabergé is synonymous with exquisite craftsmanship, taste and the history of the Russian imperial family from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The House of Fabergé produced more than 150,000 objects of art, jewels and silver articles – many of which were one-of-a-kind, for the imperial family of Russia. Most famously, Fabergé designed a series of Easter eggs, some which are featured in this exhibit including the Imperial Pelican Easter Egg (1897). This egg was created to celebrate the Dowager Empress of Russia. It features a red-gold egg unfolding into eight oval frames, rimmed with pearls and inscribed with the names of the institutions that appear on the front. A pelican stands in a nest atop the egg feeding her young.
"These treasured objects encompass the beauty of art while also telling one of the most powerful stories in history – the fall of the Russian imperial family," said BGFA Executive Director Tarissa Tiberti. "Fabergé Revealed' will highlight each of the distinct styles displayed in the original House of Fabergé stores in St. Petersburg, Moscow and London centuries ago."
In addition to the Fabergé treasures, a small collection of "Fauxbergé" objects -- Fabergé look-alikes once believed to be originals -- will also be on display.
Image courtesy Virginia Museum of Fine Arts