If you haven’t yet made it to see “Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum presented by the Engelstad Foundation,” there’s still time to see the acclaimed filmmaker’s collection of weird, quirky and familiar artworks.
The temporary exhibit at The Neon Museum in Las Vegas has been extended from Feb. 15 to April 12.
The director, producer, writer and animator of movies including “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Beetlejuice” and “Alice in Wonderland” will be making a return to Las Vegas on at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 21 to sign copies of the brand-new exhibition catalog “Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum” ($29.95), as well as his books “The Art of Tim Burton” ($75) and “The Napkin Art of Tim Burton: things you think about in a bar” ($19.99). Registration for the book-signing sold out soon after it began on Jan. 8. The museum will have a standby line beginning at 11:30 a.m. the day of the signing, and any ticketholders who are not at the museum by 12:30 risk forfeiting their spot to someone in standby.
In his first exhibit in North America in nearly 10 years, Burton’s works were designed to interact with the museum’s retired neon signs.
About 90 percent of his more than 40 digital and sculptural works were created specifically for the museum and have never been shown.
Many of the items are inspired by Burton’s memories of visiting the city as a child.
“We were to coming to Vegas since I was basically a baby, weekends in Vegas all the time,” Burton said at a news conference ahead of the exhibit’s opening in October. “You know, from the ’60s and ’70s to now, I’ve seen all of it change. Whatever changes, it still remains weird.”
Among the exhibit’s collection is a 40-foot-tall spade, and small letterboard that reads “Betelgeuse Betelgeuse,” three life-size martians from “Mars Attacks!” and an interactive karaoke installation featuring Burton’s character, Stain Boy.
If you go
What: “Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum presented by the Engelstad Foundation”
Where: The Neon Museum (770 Las Vegas Boulevard North)
When: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. through April 12
Book-signing with Tim Burton on Jan. 21 beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30 for general admission, $24 for “Tim Burton Brilliant!”; neonmuseum.org or (702) 387-6366