LAS VEGAS (June 13, 2018) – Notable Japanese artist Kisho Mwkaiyama will begin work on a new artwork, Vendarta 100: Six Elements and The Seasons, in a public studio at Bellagio Resort & Casino on June 29. The experience is presented by MGM Resorts Art & Culture, a program which focuses on commissioning, collecting, supporting and presenting modern and contemporary art in and around MGM Resorts destinations globally. Mwkaiyama’s work will become part of MGM Resorts’ Fine Art Collection.
From June 29 through January 2019, Mwkaiyama will work on a commissioned artwork comprised of 24 square gouache paintings. The artist studio space is located next to Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art and features a guest lounge for viewing and learning more about Mwkaiyama’s artistic practice.
“Bringing artistic culture and ideas from Japan to Las Vegas is an incredible learning opportunity for our community and our guests,” said Tarissa Tiberti, Executive Director of Art & Culture for MGM Resorts. “As a major patron of the arts, MGM Resorts is excited to provide unprecedented access to an exceptional artistic talent, and to continue to foster relationships with artists from around the world.”
Born in Osaka, Japan, Mwkaiyama spent his childhood on Mount Kova, one of the most prominent locations of esoteric Buddhist temples. He found himself entranced by the tranquil environment of the surroundings and the Buddhist art. Drawing from this past experience, Mwkaiyama has used the fundamental presence of light as a motif since the beginning of his career. Many of his paintings are created using wax and paper, emphasizing the interaction between light and color as it is viewed through semi-transparent materials. The systematic layering creates a surface of soft gradients with remarkable depth.
As part of the studio program, Mwkaiyama will expand his impact on the Las Vegas art community by engaging with the next generation of artists. He will conduct studio visits for University of Nevada, Las Vegas students as well as present a public artist talk at the university’s Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.
In addition to Mwkaiyama’s residency, MGM Resorts Art & Culture will continue the company’s efforts to bring Japanese culture to guests from around the world who frequent Bellagio. BGFA’s newest exhibition, Primal Water, features a hand-picked selection of Contemporary Japanese art assembled by renowned curator Midori Nishizawa and will also make its debut on June 29. With both engagements offered in close proximity, guests have a unique opportunity to view a multimedia exhibition with artworks from 14 Japanese artists spanning four generations, then witness the creative process of a working artist.
 Guests can also view permanent art from Japanese artists at MGM Resorts properties, including Masatoshi Izumi’s sculpture A Gift from Earth at Bellagio Resort & Casino and Tatsuo Miyajima’s unique work HOTO at ARIA Resort & Casino.
Upon completion, Mwkaiyama’s commissioned artwork will join the MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection, and will be installed permanently at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
MGM Resorts has long been committed to presenting public art and cultural experiences that result in meaningful human interaction in Las Vegas and beyond. Currently, the MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection includes more than 800 pieces by over 200 artists.
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