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Tim Burton’s Original Art Exhibit Gets Extension at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas

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Large-scale artworks by filmmaker Tim Burton are on display at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas as part of an exhibition that runs through April 12, 2020.

Photo by Denise Truscello / Neon Museum 

Large-scale artworks by filmmaker Tim Burton are on display at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas as part of an exhibition that runs through April 12, 2020.

The rare retrospective dedicated to the filmmaker’s eccentric style marks the first time in nearly a decade that his artworks have been on display in the United States.

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When it was announced last year that a Tim Burton–themed art exhibition would debut at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas on October 15, fans of the dark fantasy filmmaker were nothing short of delighted by news of the specially curated display.

The site-specific show, titled Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum, features large-scale artworks by the American auteur, who is famed for his Gothic-style creations. The themed exhibit was originally slated to run through February 15, 2020—but due to popular demand, the Neon Museum recently announced that it will extend Lost Vegas through April 12, 2020. And there’s more: The famous filmmaker will also make a rare appearance at the exhibition, returning for his second time (after the October opening) to host a special book signing on Tuesday, January 21. 

The rare exhibit, titled “Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum,” is on view in Las Vegas through April 12, 2020.

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Only 500 tickets will be available for this particular event at the Neon Museum, and technically they’re free. However, each person who snags a spot will have to buy one of three books for Burton to sign: either Lost Vegas: Tim Burton at The Neon Museum ($30), the brand-new catalogue published for the exhibition; The Art of Tim Burton (Steeles Publishing, 2009, $75), a compilation of Burton’s personal archives spanning 40 years; or The Napkin Art of Tim Burton: things you think about in a bar (Steeles Publishing, 2015, $20), which gathers illustrations that Burton sketched on napkins over the course of his career. You can register for the book signing on the Neon Museum’s website starting Wednesday, January 8, at 10 a.m. PST—but if the exhibit’s popularity is any indication, tickets will likely go quickly.

Lost Vegas: a landmark Tim Burton exhibit

In addition to being the first U.S. showcase of original artworks by Burton in nearly a decade, the Las Vegas exhibition also marks the first time some of these pieces have been showcased anywhere, because Burton created various sculptures and installations specifically for the Las Vegas exhibition. According to the Neon Museum’s website, the exhibit “reflect[s] on Burton’s creative legacy,” with large-scale artworks (both new and previously displayed) featured throughout the museum’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Visitors can explore Burton’s artworks alongside the museum’s antique sign collection in the Neon Boneyard, an open-air portion of the 2.62-acre property where old neon signs are preserved and displayed. (Burton featured the museum’s Boneyard during a memorable sequence in his 1996 comedy Mars Attacks.

Burton created various large-scale sculptures and installations specifically for the Las Vegas exhibition.

In addition to the main show, a separate after-dark spectacle titled Tim Burton Brilliant further showcases the artist’s unique affection for Las Vegas, using light projections, music, and archival footage to illuminate unrestored signs from the museum’s collection. 

Other exhibitions featuring art by Burton—whose long-lasting contributions to film include cult classics such as Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), and The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)—have appeared in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Paris, Prague, Tokyo, São Paulo, and Mexico City in recent years. The last major Burton-themed exhibition in the United States was held at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2009 (through 2010). It attracted approximately 800,000 visitors.

Burton’s artworks are on view in the museum’s Neon Boneyard, an open-air portion of the 2.62-acre property where old neon signs are preserved and displayed.

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Tickets for the special Tim Burton exhibition in Las Vegas, which now runs through April 12, 2020, are available to purchase through the Neon Museum’s websiteGeneral admission to the main exhibit costs $30 and grants one-hour entry to the museum’s Boneyard. Tickets for the Tim Burton Brilliant nighttime show cost $24, which is separate from the general admission price. Children under two years old enter for free.

This article originally appeared online on July 15, 2019; it was updated on January 7, 2o20, to include current information.

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