LAS VEGAS (March 10, 2020)MGM Resorts Art & Culture welcomes Kyoto-based Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Kunitani as the next artist-in-residence at the Artist Studio at Bellagio. Since opening in 2018, the Artist Studio has created a unique experience for visitors to observe works in progress while providing artists with a focused environment to cultivate inspiration and develop new works.

From March 10 - April 9, guests will have the opportunity to observe Kunitani as he creates a new three-dimensional, luminous neon wall installation utilizing his signature technique of blending ephemeral elements – including his own breath as raw material – with conventional glass blowing techniques. Combining both organic and man-made materials into an immersive installation, each piece is uniquely made with the artist’s breath, blurring the boundaries between inside and outside.

“What is most compelling about Takashi Kunitani’s work is how he takes industrial objects and changes them to have human qualities,” said Tarissa Tiberti, Executive Director of MGM Resorts Art & Culture. “We’re incredibly excited to continue our dialogue with both rising and established talents within the Japanese art community.”

Known best for his series Spaceless Space which he began in 2001, Kunitani has a keen interest in re-configuring the relationship between object and viewer. His practice, mirroring other forms of Japanese art-making, values an introspective viewing experience. While neon is typically associated with vibrant cityscapes, Kunitani uses the material in a delicate fashion, animating sculptural form to become spirited and energetic.

Following Kunitani’s residency, his completed neon work will be permanently displayed within the MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection. The Artist Studio at Bellagio is located adjacent to Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA).

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About Takashi Kunitani
Takashi Kunitani was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1974 and graduated from Seian University of Art and Design in Shiga Prefecture, Japan in 1997, where he studied under Norio Imai, one of the prominent Gutai artists. Kunitani’s works have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions, including: Multidimensional, Gallery PARC, Kyoto, Japan (solo, 2019); Spaceless Space, Ulterior Gallery, New York, NY (solo, 2018); Takashi Kunitani: Deep Projection, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo, Japan (solo,2015); Two Passages, Nuit Blanche Kyoto 2012, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan (2012); Today’s Artist 48: Takashi Kunitani—The Vertical Horizon, Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka, Japan (solo, 2007); Criterium 54: Takashi Kunitani, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan (solo, 2003). He lives and works in Kyoto.

About MGM Resorts Art & Culture
MGM Resorts Art & Culture was established in 2016 and focuses on commissioning, collecting, supporting and presenting contemporary art in and around MGM Resorts’ destinations globally. Currently the MGM Resorts Art Collection includes more than 800 pieces by over 200 artists. For more information, please visit the MGM Resorts Art & Culture website. For additional media materials, images and videos, visit the MGM Resorts Newsroom.

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