Art, Keeping Memory Alive

A gathering of donors and dignitaries were on-hand this past November to see the unveiling of a dynamic painting by the great American Pop-artist James Rosenquist, commissioned by Las Vegas real estate and casino developer Steve Wynn for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

The painting is entitled Cervello Spazio Cosmico, which means “brain space” in Italian, and represents the similar complexities of both space and the human brain. The massive oil-on-canvas painting, which is 20×10-feet, will be displayed in the Keep Memory Alive Event Center.

“Delivering high quality healthcare requires not only skilled medical expertise, but an environment that promotes healing,” said Delos M. “Toby” Cosgrove, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer at Cleveland Clinic. “We strongly believe every dimension of patient care should be addressed in order to have the greatest impact and improve outcomes.”

In Rosenquist’s signature style of large-scale paintings, Cervello Spazio Cosmico depicts a human skull and brain atop a bed of soft rosettes, supported by a mesh of swirling metallic shapes. A sky is dotted with bursts of light, which the artist states reflects “…the mysterious infinity of cosmic space.”


“Keep Memory Alive” Chairman Larry Ruvo applauds
James Rosenquist’s masterpiece. 

James Rosenquist autographs Cervello Spazio Cosmico
during the November 20 unveiling. 


Celebrity chefs (L to R) Joel Robuchon, Paul Bartolotta and Alex Stratta display the magnums of champagne signed by artist James Rosenquist. 


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