WATCH: Get a Virtual Tour of the Neon Museum’s Tim Burton Exhibit
It’s the filmmaker’s first North American show in almost ten years, featuring both vintage and new original work.
It’s a surreal exhibit for these surreal times: The Neon Museum in Las Vegas is currently hosting “Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum Presented by the Engelstad Foundation,” an exclusive exhibit featuring original artwork alongside new installations created by the filmmaker.
With the exhibit shuttered like everything else due to COVID-19, The Neon Museum has offered up a Facebook Live virtual tour of the space. “The exhibition was scheduled to continue through Sunday, April 12, but with the museum’s temporary closure due to COVID-19, we know thousands of art lovers will miss their chance to see Burton’s outstanding exhibition,” Rob McCoy, president and chief executive officer of the museum, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “This live, virtual tour will take place especially for them— and will be enjoyable for anyone who appreciates Burton’s work and iconic Las Vegas sign design.”
Being Burton’s first North American exhibit in almost ten years, it’s a thoughtful gesture for the filmmaker’s legions of fans. Among the original artwork being shown are images from Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Corpse Bride. A majority of the pieces, however, were created specifically for the event. Burton himself says that the Las Vegas vibe has been influential in his work.
“We were coming to Vegas since I was basically a baby, weekends in Vegas all the time,” Burton revealed at a press conference for the show last year. “You know, from the ’60s and ’70s to now, I’ve seen all of it change. Whatever changes, it still remains weird.”
Take a walk through the exhibit below.