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the Guggenheim Las Vegas

WHILE THE LAS VEGAS STRIP is home to a facsimile of Manhattan, a faux Paris, and an ersatz Venice, the avenue’s newest addition, believe it or not, will be a real museum: the latest branch of the Solomon R. Guggenheim. Even stranger, in a second venture at the same site, the Guggenheim is partnering with the venerable State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to bring the likes of Cézanne, Picasso, and Kandinsky to the land of Wayne Newton, drive-through wedding chapels, and Elvis impersonators. “Although I could have scarcely imagined working in Las Vegas even one year ago—my first visit to the city took place only at the beginning of this year-the fascination of the place is undeniable,” explains Thomas Krens, the Guggenheim’s director, who cites Robert Venturi’s classic architectural panegyric Learning from Las Vegas as partial inspiration for the locale.

The Hermitage-Guggenheim

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