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Tuesday, 5 September, 2000, 13:24 GMT 14:24 UK
Dennis hops on his bike again
Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper: Starred as a drug-taking biker in Easy Rider
US actor Dennis Hopper, who rode a Harley Davidson in the cult classic Easy Rider, is getting back on his bike to promote an important art exchange.

The maverick actor and director takes to the saddle of a BMW for a 2 hour ride from St. Petersburg, to mark the signing of a deal between American and Russian art museums.

The US-based Guggenheim art foundation has teamed up with St. Petersburg's Hermitage museum for a project in which work from the Russian museum will be shown in an exhibition at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

"We're doing this ride to formalise this important collaboration," Hopper told Daily Variety.

Motorcycle gang

The star, whose other credits include Blue Velvet and Speed, got involved after the successful Art of the Motorcycle exhibition at the New York and Bilbao Guggenheim museums, which featured the Harley Davidson bikes used in Easy Rider (1969).

He became a founding vice president of the "Guggenheim motorcycle gang" which followed the touring exhibition and helped promote Guggenheim activities.

"It's the second one we've organised after Bilbao last year, and I know I'm going to have a great time," Hopper explained.

About 30 other celebrity motorcyclists will join the actor for the jaunt, including actor Laurence Fishburne, actress and former model Lauren Hutton and Guggenheim Bilbao architect Frank Gehry.

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