Museum Fiasco, First Kunsthalle-Style Museum in Las Vegas, Announces Museum Manager

Museum Fiasco, First Kunsthalle-Style Museum in Las Vegas, Announces Museum Manager

Museum Fiasco, Las Vegas’ first Kunsthalle-style museum opening at AREA15, has announced Brian “Paco” Alvarez as the museum manager. Corner Bar Management’s newest concept, Museum Fiasco, will open to the public with ‘Cluster,’ an award-winning installation by Playmodes Studio, on Friday, Nov. 13.

“Finding the right person to lead Museum Fiasco, a progressive gallery, was no easy task,” said Ryan Doherty, founder of Corner Bar. “I am thrilled to announce that Brian Alvarez, who is a Las Vegas local, is bringing his expertise in the cultural arts scene to this role.”

Museum Fiasco is a museum experience based on the German Kunsthalle model, which is a non-collection-based museum hosting rotating exhibits. There are currently 14 known Kunsthalle-style museums in the United States, and Museum Fiasco will be the first in Nevada.

Alvarez is a cultural anthropologist, a former Las Vegas arts commissioner and Las Vegas native. He has extensive knowledge of the city’s cultural arts scene and previously served as curator of the Las Vegas News Bureau photo and film archives; as interim-curator of the Neon Museum; and was the art curator for online retailer

Museum Fiasco will showcase futuristic exhibits, audio-visual experiences and art in a space that will foster a sense of connectivity for visitors. The first installation, ‘Cluster,’ pushes boundaries in light, technology and creativity in a large-scale audio-visual experience, presenting a dynamic, interactive show that engages the senses. The virtuosic play tells a story through a collection of lights that strobe in harmony with the extraordinary soundscape. The 360-degree experience explores the chaotic feeling of being inside the kernel of a glitchy computer processor.

Located in the heart of Las Vegas and minutes from the Strip, AREA15 offers immersive activations, monumental art installations, socially-distanced events, extraordinary design elements, unique retail, groundbreaking technology, bars, eateries and much more. The complex also offers nearly 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space with more than 800 free parking spaces.

AREA15 follows the latest recommendations of leading health experts and government authorities, including the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And true to the insatiable hunger for all things inventive and groundbreaking, AREA15 is using cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology to help implement these recommendations, including an AI-driven thermal scanning platform that screens temperature accurately and non-invasively, detects the absence of a mask, and alerts staff when social distancing thresholds are not being met. 

Museum Fiasco is one of four new imaginative concepts that have been revealed by Corner Bar this year, which include Oddwood at AREA15; Lucky Day and DISCOPUSSY, located in Fremont Street’s East Entertainment District. Corner Bar will unveil two new concepts, We All Scream and Cheapshot, in early 2021.

Museum Fiasco, located inside AREA15 at 3215 S. Rancho Dr., will be open 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Cluster is likely to sell out throughout the coming months and reservations in advance are highly encouraged. Tickets are available on the AREA15 website for $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 12 and under and $20 for Las Vegas locals, military and seniors. More information is available on the website at, and on FacebookInstagram and Twitter at @MuseumFiascoA15.