November 9, 2019-February 16, 2020
Fred W. Smith Penthouse
Nightingale Sky Room | Stacie Mathewson Sky Plaza
at the Nevada Museum of Art
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

April 4, 2020 through July 2020
Premier Dinner: TBD

The Nevada Museum of Art will organize an exhibition titled King of Beasts: A Study of the African Lion, featuring paintings by esteemed wildlife painter John Banovich, alongside historical artworks dating from the 15th through 20th centuries by internationally renowned artists such as Delacroix, Dürer, Friese, Kuhnert, Rembrandt and Stubbs, all focused on depicting the extraordinary African Lion. An internationally recognized artist who has studied lions for decades, Banovich has created a body of work that is also an homage to these animals. King of Beasts features more than forty artworks as well as three-dimensional displays that explore questions about mankind’s deep fear, love, and admiration for these creatures. The exhibition spans nearly twenty-five years of work and assembles his body of work focused on African Lions for the very first time. 

In Africa, the lion has served as a symbol of strength, bravery, and physical prowess among many cultures. However, today nearly all wild lions are found within small regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, and a tiny population exists in India. Outside of protected areas, the African Lion is disappearing at an alarming rate. Conservationists agree that the remaining population must be protected if these magnificent creatures are to survive.

King of Beasts will travel from the Nevada Museum of Art to the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas.