Artful Spaces

Bellagio recently unveiled two initiatives designed to whet art aficionados’ palates. The first comes in the form of Cirque du Soleil’s third art gallery, which opened earlier this month across from the resort’s conservatory and botanical gardens with the Art of Richard MacDonald Presented by Cirque du Soleil. The show features MacDonald’s rare and limited-edition bronze sculptures, all of which are inspired by Cirque productions.

The resort’s second artful project aims to answer age-old questions such as, “How does Pierre-August Renoir’s Young Algerian Woman Leaning on a Parapet look while sipping a 2008 Domaine de Triennes viognier?” and “What thoughts and emotions does Vik Muniz’s Boy With a Pipe, After Pablo Picasso conjure while sipping John Duval’s 2008 Plexus shiraz from Australia’s Barossa Valley?” Queries such as these are now answered every second Wednesday during a new series of art-and-wine events at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.

“I have spent many years studying wine, and these events are pushing my wine knowledge to a whole new level,” master sommelier and Bellagio wine director Jason Smith said.

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