MGM Resorts International will support Art Basel’s public art project in Hong Kong, strengthening its ongoing partnership with the world's premier international art show. MGM Resorts Art & Culture, the company’s multifaceted arts program, is proud to be a partner of the fifth edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong (March 23 to 25, 2017), supporting Twenty-Five Minutes Older by local artist Kingsley Ng.
Twenty-Five Minutes Older will turn two of Hong Kong’s iconic public trams into moving camera obscuras, creating an altered reality and allowing passengers to experience Hong Kong in a new way – in reverse. Moving images of Hong Kong’s city life will be accompanied by spoken extracts from Liu Yichang’s popular novella ‘Tête-bêche’. Following the success of its first presentation as part of ‘Human Vibrations: The 5th Large-Scale Public Media Art Exhibition’ celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Arts Development Council in Hong Kong in 2016, MGM Resorts and Art Basel are reintroducing the artwork to a global audience during Art Basel in Hong Kong by commissioning a nine-day exhibition for the public to experience free of charge. Twenty-Five Minutes Older will be presented from March 20 to 28, 2017.
Jim Murren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM Resorts International, said: “MGM Resorts has a rich history of celebrating culture, heritage and creativity from the East to the West. Our art exhibitions, collections and partnerships are an integral part of our commitment to engaging, inspiring and entertaining our valued customers. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Art Basel, reinforcing our longstanding commitment to global art and cultural development.”
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, ARIA, MGM National Harbor and MGM MACAU. A proponent of public art, MGM Resorts partnered with the 15th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach in December 2016, serving as the Official Partner of the Public sector. MGM Resorts is also the title sponsor for one of the largest land-based public art installations completed in more than 40 years, Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains, located in the Nevada desert and on view through May 2018.
In Asia, MGM MACAU’s Art Space is a significant part of its essence, presenting stimulating and innovative, classic and contemporary pieces from the far corners of the world in varied forms and shapes for guests and visitors to experience and enjoy. Ms. Pansy Ho, Co-Chairperson and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, has played an important role in fostering the development of this local art and culture platform in Macau. The MGM MACAU Art Space has successfully held exhibitions including Botticelli’s Venus: The Life and Times of a Goddess, Edgar Degas: Figures in Motion, and renowned Portuguese contemporary artist Joana Vasconcelos’ Valkyrie Octopus. With MGM COTAI opening its doors in the second half of 2017, art will continue to be integrated into both properties as MGM Resorts expands its offerings in Macau.
‘Twenty-Five Minutes Older’ schedule:
March 20 – March 28, 2017
Trams will run daily between Causeway Bay and Western Market, Sheung Wan. Tickets are free. More ticket information will be available soon.