MGM Resorts International Continues Partnership with Art Basel in Hong Kong and Presents Works from Recently Opened MGM COTAI Resort in the MGM Lounge
MGM Resorts International Initiates Inaugural Support of the Encounters Sector at Art Basel in Hong Kong
[March 15, 2018, Macau] — MGM Resorts International continues its partnership with Art Basel in Hong Kong for its 2018 edition (March 29 to 31, 2018). At the show, MGM Resorts Art & Culture will collaborate with MGM China Holdings Limited to offer a Collectors Lounge showcasing artworks from the MGM COTAI Chairman’s Collection. MGM COTAI is the company’s second resort in Macau, which opened in February 2018. Works by artists Hsiao Chin and Liu Guofu will be included, specifically Hsiao Chin’s glass mosaic To the Eternal Garden 10 (1992-2015), and Liu Guofu’s oil on canvas Pervading No. 22 (2016), with other potential additions onsite.
MGM Resorts International is also supporting Art Basel in Hong Kong’s Encounters sector for the first time.
MGM COTAI Art Collection and the Chairman’s Collection
The MGM COTAI Art Collection features over 300 thought-provoking artworks, including modern and contemporary paintings and sculptures by renowned Asian artists, newly commissioned works by local and regional emerging artists, and large-scale installations. Leading the MGM COTAI Art Collection are 28 Chinese imperial carpets dating from Qing Dynasty that once adorned the Forbidden City in Beijing.
Within the Art Collection is the Chairman’s Collection, which encompasses over 40 pieces of contemporary art from Asian artists selected by Pansy Ho, Co-Chairperson and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, and James J. Murren, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of MGM Resorts International and Chairperson & Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited. Curated by renowned art curator Mr. Calvin Hui, the Chairman’s Collection is themed around “A World Linked Through Art”, featuring works by 20th century modern and contemporary artists, including Hsiao Chin, Liu Dan, Lin Guocheng, Liu Guofu, Xue Song, Ung Si Meng, and many more. The collection provides a stunning visual complement to MGM COTAI, while reflecting MGM’s commitment to creating world-class destinations that epitomize entertainment, creativity, and style. The Chairman’s Collection connects East with West, tradition with innovation, MGM with Macau, and serves the Chairman’s Collection’s mission of bringing the world to China, and China to the world.
As global Associate Partner of Art Basel, MGM Resorts Art & Culture for the first time supports the Encounters sector during Art Basel in Hong Kong. The 2018 Encounters edition will present 12 institutional-scale installations and site-specific projects, with nine new works created specifically for the show. The impressive line-up of artists includes Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, Chou Yu-Cheng, Toshikatsu Endo, Ryan Gander, Subodh Gupta, Iván Navarro, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Shinji Ohmaki, Jorge Pardo, Erwin Wurm, Ulla von Brandenburg and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.
MGM Collectors Lounge – Champagne Toast for the Artists
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 6:30pm
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About MGM Resorts Art & Culture
MGM Resorts Art & Culture focuses on commissioning, collecting, supporting and presenting contemporary art in and around MGM Resorts’ destinations globally. Currently the MGM Resorts Art Collection includes more than 800 pieces by over 200 artists.
MGM Resorts Art & Culture was established in 2016 to encompass all of the Resorts’ collections, and varied art-related initiatives and partnerships to develop a comprehensive, multi-faceted arts program. Reflecting the company’s core values of inclusivity and diversity, MGM Resorts Art & Culture aims to create special, accessible experiences for all audiences. 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 MGM Resorts distinctive world-class brands including Bellagio, ARIA, Vdara, MGM Grand, and Delano Las Vegas; as well as MGM National Harbor outside of D.C., MGM Springfield in Massachusetts (opening September 2018), and internationally in Macau and Cotai.
Examples include works by Alice Aycock (National Harbor, Maryland), Jenny Holzer (ARIA, Las Vegas), Antony Gormley (ARIA, Las Vegas), Maya Lin (ARIA, Las Vegas), Robert Rauschenberg (Bellagio, Las Vegas), Nancy Rubins (Vdara, Las Vegas), James Turrell (ARIA, Las Vegas), among many others.
About Art Basel Partnership
MGM Resorts’ partnership with Art Basel began in December 2016 when MGM Resorts became the Public sector’s Partner in Art Basel in Miami Beach. The relationship grew with MGM Resorts’ support of Kingsley Ng’s Twenty-Five Minutes Older Tram project during the Hong Kong show in March 2017, and expanded into an Associate Partnership at Art Basel in Basel in June 2017, where MGM Resorts Art & Culture supported Than Hussein Clark’s Parcours performance Yes, Yes, All the News that's Fit to Print. At Art Basel in Miami Beach in 2017, MGM Resorts Art & Culture continued this role and was the lead partner of the show’s Public sector for the second year.
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, which is 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 which has catalyzed much-needed support for outstanding non-commercial art projects worldwide and so far has helped garner pledges in excess of USD 2 million in support of around 70 art projects from around the globe – from Bogota to Ho Chi Minh City, San José and Kabul. For Art Basel Cities, launched in 2016, Art Basel is working with selected 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.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 28 unique hotel offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company in 2018 opened MGM COTAI in Macau and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. It also is developing MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. The 78,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at www.mgmresorts.com.
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