The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum Launches New Exhibit at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino

Rubens and His Age: Masterpieces From the Hermitage Museum

An Extraordinary Selection of Masterworks of the Flemish Baroque, One of the Most Exuberant Periods of Artistic Creation in the History of Art

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ — The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum presents Rubens and His Age: Masterpieces from the Hermitage Museum from February 6, 2006 through July 31, 2006.

The eighth exhibition to be opened at the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, Rubens and His Age is organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York in partnership with the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. It contains a selection of nearly 50 masterworks — paintings and decorative objects — by Rubens and other acclaimed artists such as Anthony van Dyck, Jacob Jordaens, Jacob Van Oost the Elder, Adriaen van Utrecht, and Frans Snyders among others, most of whom were Rubens’ pupils or collaborators.

“This new exhibit gives visitors to Las Vegas as well as members of the community the opportunity to appreciate great masterpieces they may not have a chance to see,” stated Rob Goldstein, president and COO of The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. “And with the five-year anniversary of the partnership between The Venetian and The Guggenheim fast approaching we are proud that the past seven exhibits have continually given our guests the chance to see art that is truly exceptional and rare. It is with pride and admiration that we present this show.”

“This is possibly the most visually luxurious and exciting show we have ever presented. These opulent images and objects have seldom been seen outside of Russia, let alone in the United States,” stressed Elizabeth Herridge, managing director, Guggenheim Hermitage Museum. “We are honored and very proud to be able to present these masterpieces to the Las Vegas audience.”

Organized into four thematic sections Mythology, Religion, Genre and Landscape, and Portraits, the exhibition provides an intense vision of the Flemish baroque, a period of which the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg has one of the richest and most extensive collections in the world. This period represents, without doubt, an extraordinary age of artistic creation, dominated by one of the most outstanding figures in the History of Art, Peter Paul Rubens. This brilliant Flemish painter was a singular figure not only because of his artistic genius but due to his enormous intellect and interest in the subjects of his day which drove him to amass a profound knowledge of humanist themes. His command of Latin and several modern languages, as well as diplomatic skills, which made him a reference model for many other artists, including the Spaniard Velazquez.

Together with the mythological and religious masterpieces, the penetrating portraits and still lifes, the exhibition also includes priceless decorative art objects, the design and creation of which were commissioned in many cases by Rubens himself. These items provide visitors to the exhibition with an idea of the cultural context in which this artist worked.

The exhibition has been organized by Natalya Babina and Natalya Gritsay, Curators of Flemish Painting, Natalia Serebrianaya, Curator of 18th Century French Painting, and Marina Lopato, Curator of Western European Goldsmith Work, at the State Hermitage Museum, in consultation with Susan Davidson, Curator, Solomon. R. Guggenheim Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated checklist (36 pages, $9.95).

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas, the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum is located at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas NV 89109. Open daily from 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM. Museum store open daily 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Public exhibition tours are offered most afternoon and evenings. Call (702) 414-2493 for times and availability. Admission is $19.50 adults, $15.00 seniors, $15.00 Nevada residents, $12.50 students with ID, $9.50 children 6-12, under six are free. Audio guides are included in the price of admission. Reduced admission is available to groups of ten or more when reserved in advance through Group Sales at (702) 414-2102. For general information about the museum, please call (702) 414-2440 or visit www.guggenheimlasvegas.org.

The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, a repeated recipient of AAA’s Four Diamond Award and the largest Mobil four-star property in the world, is one of the most luxurious resort and convention destinations. Re-creating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the resort offers unmatched service and quality for both leisure and corporate guests. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features The Grand Canal Shoppes, an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, the Guggenheim-Hermitage Museum, and a wide variety of entertainment venues on its premises, as well as extensive convention and corporate services. For additional information, visit The Venetian website at www.venetian.com .

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