MGM Resorts International Initiates Inaugural Support of the
Encounters Sector at Art Basel in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (March 14, 2018)—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.
 
A champagne toast for the artists will take place on March 27 at 6:30pm in the MGM Lounge, within the Collector’s Lounge. Please RSVP to: atherrien@fitzandco.com.  The  event  provides  an  opportunity  to meet the artists and Calvin Hui, curator of the Chairman’s Collection of MGM COTAI.

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.

 

Encounters Sector

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.
 

Event Details:

 
MGM Collectors Lounge – Champagne Toast for the Artists
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 6:30pm

RSVP to atherrien@fitzandco.com 

 
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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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Meg Blackburn, FITZ & CO,  mblackburn@fitzandco.com
Allison Therrien, FITZ & CO,  atherrien@fitzandco.com