[February 14, 2017, Macau] MGM Resorts International, one of the world’s leading hospitality companies committed to cultivating public art and culture, will support Art Basel’s public art project in Hong Kong, strengthening its ongoing partnership with the world's premier international art show. MGM Resorts Art & Culture, the company’s multifaceted arts program, is proud to be a partner of the fifth edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong (March 23 to 25, 2017), supporting Twenty-Five Minutes Older by local artist Kingsley Ng.
Twenty-Five Minutes Older will turn two of Hong Kong’s iconic public trams into moving camera obscuras, creating an altered reality and allowing passengers to experience Hong Kong in a new way – in reverse. Moving images of Hong Kong’s city life will be accompanied by spoken extracts from Liu Yichang’s popular novella ‘Tête-bêche’. Following the success of its first presentation as part of ‘Human Vibrations: The 5th Large-Scale Public Media Art Exhibition’ celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Arts Development Council in Hong Kong in 2016, MGM Resorts and Art Basel are reintroducing the artwork to a global audience during Art Basel in Hong Kong by commissioning a nine-day exhibition for the public to experience free of charge. Twenty-Five Minutes Older will be presented from March 20 to 28, 2017.
Jim Murren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM Resorts International, said: “MGM Resorts has a rich history of celebrating culture, heritage and creativity from the East to the West. Our art exhibitions, collections and partnerships are an integral part of our commitment to engaging, inspiring and entertaining our valued customers. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Art Basel, reinforcing our longstanding commitment to global art and cultural development.”
MGM Resorts’ focus on art and culture has developed throughout the years into a tremendous collection within the company’s distinctive world-class brands including Bellagio, ARIA, MGM National Harbor and MGM MACAU. A proponent of public art, MGM Resorts partnered with the 15th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach in December 2016, serving as the Official Partner of the Public sector. MGM Resorts is also the title sponsor for one of the largest land-based public art installations completed in more than 40 years, Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains, located in the Nevada desert and on view through May 2018.
In Asia, MGM MACAU’s Art Space is a significant part of its essence, presenting stimulating and innovative, classic and contemporary pieces from the far corners of the world in varied forms and shapes for guests and visitors to experience and enjoy. Ms. Pansy Ho, Co-Chairperson and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, has played an important role in fostering the development of this local art and culture platform in Macau. The MGM MACAU Art Space has successfully held exhibitions including Botticelli’s Venus: The Life and Times of a Goddess, Edgar Degas: Figures in Motion, and renowned Portuguese contemporary artist Joana Vasconcelos’ Valkyrie Octopus. With MGM COTAI opening, art will continue to be integrated into both properties as MGM Resorts expands its offerings in Macau.
‘Twenty-Five Minutes Older’ schedule:
March 20 – March 28, 2017
Trams will run daily between Causeway Bay and Western Market, Sheung Wan. Tickets are free. More ticket information will be available soon.
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About MGM Resorts Art & Culture
MGM Resorts International, a leader in the development of Las Vegas as a vibrant art and culture destination, has established MGM Resorts Art & Culture to encompass its varied art-related initiatives in Las Vegas and beyond. Reflecting the company’s core values of inclusivity and diversity, MGM Resorts Art & Culture aims to create special, accessible experiences for audiences of every age and every walk of life. Each project thoughtfully considers the artist, the environment and the overall experience recognizing the power of art to evoke emotion, engage the senses and spark conversation. Art is prevalent throughout the company’s distinctive world-class brands including Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay. Evolving into a comprehensive, ongoing program, MGM Resorts Art & Culture projects include Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art; Art in The Park; the MGM National Harbor Heritage Collection; MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection; title sponsor of Ugo Rondinone’s colorful, land-based art installation Seven Magic Mountains; Official Partner for Public sector at Art Basel in Miami Beach; Official Public Project Partner at Art Basel in Hong Kong; and the ARIA Fine Art Collection, the first major permanent collection of art in Las Vegas to be integrated into a public space and one of the world’s largest and most ambitious corporate art collections in existence today. For more information about MGM Resorts Art & Culture, visit mgmresorts.com/artandculture or join the conversation @MGMArtCulture.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company opened MGM National Harbor in Maryland on December 8, 2016, and is in the process of developing MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. MGM Resorts controls and holds a 76 percent economic interest in the operating partnership of MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE: MGP), a premier triple-net lease real estate investment trust engaged in the acquisition, ownership and leasing of large-scale destination entertainment and leisure resorts. The Company also owns 56 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited (SEHK: 2282), which owns MGM MACAU and is developing MGM COTAI, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort & Casino. MGM Resorts is named among FORTUNE® Magazine's 2016 list of World's Most Admired Companies®. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com.
About Art Basel
Founded in 1970 by gallerists from Basel, Art Basel today stages the world's premier art shows for Modern and contemporary art, sited in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, as reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition.
Art Basel’s engagement has expanded beyond art fairs through a number of new initiatives. In 2014, Art Basel launched its Crowdfunding Initiative, in collaboration with Kickstarter. This initiative presents jury-selected art projects to potential benefactors, which include Art Basel’s vibrant audience and the Kickstarter community. The initiative has catalyzed much-needed support for outstanding non-commercial art projects worldwide and so far has helped pledge over $1.4 million to creative projects around the world. For Art Basel Cities, launched in 2016, Art Basel is working with select partner cities to develop vibrant and content-driven programs specific to the individual city. Connecting them to the global art world through Art Basel's expertise and network, Art Basel Cities supports its partners to develop their unique cultural landscape. For further information please visit artbasel.com.
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