As Las Vegas prepares for a possible branch of the Nevada Museum of Art, Sin City has just received a blue-chip feather in its hat by way of a custom-designed two-story penthouse suite by British artist Damien Hirst at the Palms Casino Resort, which is owned by ARTnews Top 200 Collectors Frank J. Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta.
“I love what Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta have done with the Palms,” Hirst said in a statement. “It’s amazing being able to work with them because they are great collectors and totally understand art. They have allowed me to create a suite in the hotel and design everything and completely fill it with my art.”
The Palms, which was the home of the 12th season of MTV’s The Real World in 2002, is currently a $690 million renovation to reinvent its image. That project includes commissioning Hirst to design the interior and create new artwork for a 9,000-square-feet palazzo, titled the “Empathy Suite,” which includes two master bedrooms, massage tables, a salt relaxation room, a cantilevered jacuzzi that overlooks the Strip, and a private, behind-the-scenes art tour of the property, among other amenities. The price of a two-night stay is $200,000.
The suite includes six original artworks—new entries into some of Hirst’s most well-known series, including his sharks in formaldehyde and pill boxes (here titled Vegas). Those hoping for just a bit more Hirst will soon be in luck. His 60-foot-tall Demon with Bowl (2014), the centerpiece of his 2017 show at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, will soon be installed in the resort’s pool.
Below, a look around the new digs.