MGM Resorts Once Again Partners with Art Basel for 2018 Hong Kong Exhibition

With its ongoing commitment to support and present art in public spaces, MGM Resorts International continues its partnership with the world-renowned international art fair Art Basel, founded in 1970, for its upcoming exhibition in Hong Kong March 29-31.

Last year, the company supported Art Basel Hong Kong’s public art project by local artist Kingsley Ng. The project, Twenty-Five Minutes Older, utilized two of Hong Kong’s public trams to create moving camera obscuras.

Featuring 248 leading galleries from 32 countries and territories, the 2018 Hong Kong edition offers a comprehensive overview of the region’s diversity by showcasing historical items and innovative works by established and up-and-coming artists.

TarissaTiberti, MGM Resort International’s Art & Culture executive director (courtesy: MGM Resort International)

TarissaTiberti, MGM Resorts Art & Culture executive director (courtesy: MGM Resort International)

MGM Resorts Art & Culture will collaborate with MGM China Holdings Limited, a developer, owner and operator of gaming and lodging resorts in Greater China, to provide a Collectors Lounge highlighting artworks from the MGM Cotai Chairman’s Collection by artists Hsiao Chin (“To the Eternal Garden – 10” glass mosaic pictured above/courtesy MGM Resorts Art & Culture) and Liu Guofu.

MGM Cotai, which opened in February, is the company’s second resort in Macau.

For the first time, MGM Resorts International is also supporting the art event’s Encounters sector in its sixth edition in Hong Kong, which will present 12 institutional-scale installations and site-specific projects, with nine new works created for this show.

The hospitality company also entered a partnership nearly a year and a half ago with Art Basel in Miami Beach, held annually during the first week of December, for the international art fair’s 15th edition in the Americas.

MGM Resorts Art & Culture multifaceted arts program served as the official partner of the Public sector of the esteemed event.

“Art Basel is the preeminent art show in the country, and we are privileged to be the public sector’s first partner in support of these tremendous works of art,” said Jim Murren, chairman and chief executive officer of MGM Resorts International, of the hospitality company’s involvement.

“MGM Resorts recognizes the power art has to be transformative, and we are committed to engaging with public art not only within our resorts, but at important events such as Art Basel.”

With its focus on art and culture evolving throughout the years, MGM Resorts already has amassed a vast collection within its brands, including Bellagio, Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand.

At Aria, which opened on the Las Vegas Strip in 2009, resides one of the world’s largest and most formidable corporate art collections today. It was the city’s first major permanent collection of art that was integrated into a public space.

Ugo Rondinone’s “Seven Magic Mountains” in Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016. Photo: Gianfranco Gorgoni. (Courtesy of Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art)

Ugo Rondinone’s “Seven Magic Mountains” in Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016. (Photo: Gianfranco Gorgoni/Courtesy: Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art)

In 2016, in collaboration with the Nevada Museum of Art and Art Production Fund, MGM Resorts sponsored Ugo Rondinone’s “Seven Magic Mountains.”

This vibrant two-year public artwork is one of the largest land-based art installations in more than 40 years and is on display through May in the Nevada desert. It’s approximately 10 miles south of the Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Rose Parkway intersection in Henderson, Nevada.

MGM National Harbor’s “Unity” sculpture is located in the resort’s port cochere. (Courtesy: MGM National Harbor)

MGM National Harbor’s “Unity” sculpture is located in the resort’s port cochere. (Courtesy: MGM National Harbor)

Later that same year, MGM National Harbor in Maryland, unveiled the MGM National Harbor Heritage Collection.

After considering the Capital Region’s community, environment and diversity of thought, the resort commissioned and procured artworks by local and international sculptors, photographers and mixed-media artists.

Bob Dylan’s “Portal” sculpture archway, made of found objects and industrial artifacts, is situated at the entryway of the MGM National Harbor resort casino in Maryland. (Courtesy: Dylan and MGM National Harbor)

Bob Dylan’s “Portal” sculpture (courtesy: Dylan and MGM National Harbor)

It also commissioned a large custom sculpted iron archway, aptly named “Portal,” that leads into the resort casino. The sculpture was designed and created by musician and artist Bob Dylan, and it was built using found objects and industrial artifacts.

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