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MGM Resorts International Becomes Associate Partner of Art Basel

MGM Resorts Art & Culture Proud to Support
 'Yes, Yes, All the News that’s Fit To Print' by Than Hussein Clark at Art Basel in Basel 2017

LAS VEGAS (June 8, 2017) MGM Resorts International, one of the world’s leading entertainment companies, continues its long-standing commitment to presenting and supporting art in public spaces by becoming an Associate Partner of Art Basel. The partnership began in December 2016 when MGM Resorts became the Public sector’s Partner for Art Basel in Miami Beach.  The relationship strengthened with the support of Kingsley Ng’s ‘Twenty-Five Minutes Older’ Tram project during the Hong Kong show in March 2017 and now has grown into an Associate Partnership starting at Art Basel in Basel in June 2017.
 
As MGM Resorts developed and supported numerous and varied art-related partnerships, projects, initiatives and collections, the company established a multifaceted arts program, MGM Resorts Art & Culture, to encompass all of it under one umbrella. The program’s priorities include identifying projects that create special, accessible experiences for audiences of every age and interest. 'Yes, Yes, All the News that’s Fit To Print' (2017) by Than Hussein Clark for Art Basel achieves just that.  Otto Rudolf Salvisberg’s 'Erste Kirche Christi' – a little-known but remarkable Modernist church from 1936 – will be transformed into the artist’s own version of a Broadway theatre. Clark’s newest theatrical production and his 13th full-scale dramatic work is written, designed and directed by the artist, and performed by members of the Artists’ Theatre Company – The Director’s Theatre Writer’s Theater. Guests can enjoy free public access to evening performances on Monday, June 12; Wednesday, June 14; and Saturday, June 17.  
 
"Art Basel is the premier international art show for Modern and contemporary art and I have a high level of respect for how it brings people together from around the world, featuring intriguing works that inspire creative thought and conversation,” 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, it introduced 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 works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Henry Moore, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Richard Long, Sol Lewitt, Frank Stella, James Turrell, Maya Lin, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra, Nick Cave, Nancy Rubins, Isa Genzken and Antony Gormley.   
 
Art is a cornerstone of the sensory experience within MGM Resorts destinations, and as new resorts are imagined, art plays a key role in the overall design.  The company’s December 2016 opening of MGM National Harbor in Maryland introduced the MGM National Harbor Heritage Collection inspired by the Washington D.C. and 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. 
 
MGM Resorts has collaborated on numerous art projects, including a cornerstone partnership with the Nevada Museum of Art and Art Production Fund to sponsor Swiss artist 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 is on view in the Nevada desert just outside of Las Vegas through May 2018.
 
To learn more about MGM Resorts Art & Culture, visit mgmresorts.com/artandculture
 

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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 outside of Las Vegas; Associate Partner for Art Basel; 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 among the world’s leading entertainment companies.  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 inspired array of restaurant and retail offerings, MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands.  The MGM Resorts portfolio includes 15 of the most recognizable hospitality and resort brands throughout 27 locations.  The company is expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, recently opening MGM National Harbor in Maryland and very soon, MGM Springfield in Massachusetts and MGM COTAI in Asia.  The 77,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud to be recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at www.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, 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, in collaboration with Kickstarter. This initiative presents jury-selected art projects to potential benefactors, which include Art Basel’s vibrant audience and the Kickstarter community. The initiative has catalyzed much-needed support for outstanding non-commercial art projects worldwide and so far has helped pledge over $1.4 million to creative projects around the world. 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.
 
 
Media Contact:
Sandy Zanella
MGM Resorts International Public Relations
(702) 692-6827
szanella@mgmresorts.com
 
 

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