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MGM Resorts International Announces Partnership with Art Basel in Miami Beach

MGM Resorts Art & Culture Proud to Serve as Official Partner for the
 Public Sector of Art Basel’s 15th Edition in Miami Beach

LAS VEGAS (November 9, 2016) MGM Resorts International, one of the world’s leading hospitality companies, continues its long-standing commitment to presenting and supporting art in public spaces with the announcement of a new partnership with Art Basel in Miami Beach. MGM Resorts Art & Culture, the company’s multifaceted arts program, will serve as the Official Partner of the Public sector of the highly respected international art fair’s 15th edition in the Americas. The Public sector, which is produced in collaboration with The Bass Museum of Art, will feature 20 artists and be on view in Miami Beach’s Collins Park from November 30 – December 4, 2016.
 
"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. “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.”
 
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, MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay. When ARIA opened in 2009, the resort featured the first major permanent collection of art in Las Vegas integrated into a public space and is one of the world’s largest and most ambitious corporate art collections in existence today.  Acclaimed artists, sculptors and visionaries featured within MGM Resorts’ vast and diverse collections include work by Nick Cave, Isa Genzken, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Maya Lin, Richard Long, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenburg, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Nancy Rubins, Frank Stella, James Turrell and Andy Warhol.
 
Recently, MGM Resorts collaborated with the Nevada Museum of Art and Art Production Fund to sponsor Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains, one of the largest land-based art installations to be completed in more than 40 years.  The colorful public artwork will remain on view in the Nevada desert through May 2018.
 
On December 8, MGM National Harbor will open in Maryland, introducing the MGM National Harbor Heritage Collection inspired by the Capital Region’s rich culture and history. As with each project or development, the company considered the community, the environment and the diversity of thought when commissioning and procuring works by local and international sculptors, photographers and mixed-media artists. A newly commissioned large-scale sculpture was created with found objects and industrial artifacts by musician and artist, Bob Dylan. Other featured artists include Chul Hyun Ahn, Alice Aycock, Margaret Boozer, John Dreyfuss, Sam Gilliam, John Safer and Liao Yibai, among others. 
 
To learn more about MGM Resorts Art & Culture, visit mgmresorts.com/artandculture.  For press materials, images and videos, visit the MGM Resorts Newsroom: newsroom.mgmresorts.com.
 

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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 because art has the power 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 Collection; title sponsor of Ugo Rondinone’s colorful, land-based art installation Seven Magic Mountains; Official Partner for Public sector at Art Basel in America; 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 is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. MGM Resorts controls, and holds a 73 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 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited (HK: 2282), which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is developing a gaming resort in 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 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, the artworks presented, and the parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition.
 
In recent years, Art Basel’s art-world engagement has expanded beyond art fairs. In 2014, Art Basel launched its Crowdfunding Initiative, in collaboration with Kickstarter, which has helped catalyzed much-needed support for outstanding non-commercial art projects worldwide and has helped pledge over $1.2 million to creative projects all over the world. For Art Basel Cities, launched in 2016, Art Basel will work 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 partner cities in developing their unique cultural landscape. The first city Art Basel is partnering with for Art Basel Cities is Buenos Aires. For further information please visit artbasel.com.

 

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