Published on November 28th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
BMW to showcase Art Cars at Art Basel 2015
From December 3 to 6, Miami Beach will once again take centre stage in the international art world. For the 14th time running, the famous art fair will take place in Florida, supported once again by its official partner BMW. 267 of the world’s leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa will present modern and contemporary art as well as works by emerging artists. As in previous years, BMW will provide the official VIP shuttle services, this time with the limousines of its new BMW 7 series. In addition, BMW will host an exclusive reception for VIPs as part of the art initiative “BMW Art Journey” on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.
BMW and Art Basel will present the BMW Art Journey, one of their most recent projects, in the botanical garden adjacent to the fair grounds. Like a mobile artist’s studio, BMW Art Journey offers artists the opportunity to travel to a destination of their choice. The winner of the first edition, Hong Kong based artist Samson Young, travelled across five continents while exploring the subject of iconic bells in light of various themes including conflicts, religion, community and the political symbolism of sounds.
Following the first BMW Art Journey, a panel of expert jurors of curators and museum directors will compile the shortlist for the coming edition, to be announced as part of a press event at the Botanical Garden. Chosen from “Positions”, the sector of young galleries at Art Basel Miami Beach, the three shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their planned itineraries. After a second decision by the jury, one of them will be offered the opportunity to realise his trip as part of the BMW Art Journey.
In addition to experiencing the BMW Art Journey, visitors can venture into the fair’s Collectors Lounge to catch a glimpse of the BMW Art Car designed by César Manrique in 1990. This Spanish artist worked as architect, graphic designer, sculptor and landscape artist. Most importantly, however, he was passionate about protecting the environment. Inspired by his commitment to this cause, he designed an Art Car representing the harmony of technology and nature.