BMW Art Journey winner Jamal Cyrus to present new artworks of his travels to the “Afro-Atlantic”. BMW is official partner of Art Basel in Miami Beach 2018.

BMW:BMW Art Journey winner Jamal Cyrus to present new artworks of his travels to the “Afro-Atlantic”. BMW is official partner of Art Basel in Miami Beach 2018.

Miami Beach. From December 6 to 9, 2018, the Art
Basel show in Miami Beach will present a wide range of artistic
oeuvres by emerging and established artists represented by more than
200 of the leading galleries worldwide to the international art world.
As longstanding global partner of the show, BMW will offer its VIP
shuttle service once again and present the new artworks of last year’s
BMW Art Journey winner Jamal Cyrus at the BMW Lounge at the fair.
Furthermore, the publication covering the BMW Art Journey of Max
Hooper Schneider, winner of the prize in 2016, will be presented. For
the launch of the brand-new BMW X7, the street artist Spencer „MAR“
Guilburt will be digitally accompanied on a Mural Tour through the
city of Miami visiting murals newly created by him and existing murals
which have informed his work.

BMW Art Journey
Launched in 2015, the BMW Art
Journey is a collaboration between Art Basel and BMW, created to
recognize and support emerging artists worldwide. This unique award is
open to artists who are exhibiting in the Discoveries sector during
Art Basel in Hong Kong. A judging panel comprised of internationally
renowned experts meet first to select a shortlist of three artists
from the sector, who are then invited to submit proposals for a
journey aimed to further develop their ideas and artistic work. The
jury reconvenes to choose a winner from the three proposals.

Last year’s winner, Jamal Cyrus (represented by
Inman Gallery, Houston) will be on-site presenting the artworks of his
BMW Art Journey about the notion of the Afro-Atlantic.
The idea
of the Afro-Atlantic provides the conceptual underpinning for Jamal
Cyrus’ journey. It is, in his own words, “an intercontinental and
multinational geography describing the circulation of ideas between
Africa, Europe, and the Americas.” Inspired in part by Paul Gilroy’s
writings from the early 1990s, Cyrus aims to examine the many diverse
cultural hybrids that have emerged through protracted interaction
between the continents. Such cultural hybrids – molded by forces of
conquest, colonization, slavery, industry, migration, and philosophy –
can be apprehended in the cultural centers Cyrus visited. These
include among others the Elmina Castle in Accra, Ghana; the Theatre
Champs-Elysees, in Paris, France; Brixton’s Electric Avenue, in,
London, England; the Alhambra in Granada, Spain; and Congo Square, in
New Orleans, United States.

The purpose of Jamal Cyrus’ BMW Art Journey was to gain a fuller
understanding of the creative tradition he sees himself belonging to,
and to experience the different cultures of the Afro-Atlantic. Cyrus
began the journey by entering the African continent where many
Africans left, Cape Coast, Ghana. From that point he retraced
migrations within the African diaspora, learning how African practices
and principles were absorbed by new cultures and geographies.

Jamal Cyrus states: “Insights from this voyage will
have ripple effects within my practice for years. I was able to
observe my home country from across the Atlantic and experience the
influence of the African diaspora on contemporary African culture.”

The publication about the BMW Art Journey of Max Hooper
(represented by High Art, Paris and announced as
winner at Art Basel’s Miami Beach show in 2016) will be launched at
the fair, which was also supported by Art Basel and BMW.

Max Hooper Schneider’s journey investigated reef systems from
the Bikini Atoll to the Fukushima disaster “reef” in Japan, from Lake
Baikal in Russia to the coast of Madagascar, and produced a diverse
narrative around them. Importantly, each reef system has been
compromised by its contact with humans, and each one reveals a
specific aspect of how this interaction has occurred, as well as how
human and non-human agents have acted over time to remediate the
damage. Together, the reefs tell a story of death and resilience,
corruption and rebirth.

BMW X7 Mural Tour with Spencer „MAR“
Paying homage to Miami as a hub for street art,
BMW partnered up with street artist Spencer „MAR” Guilburt. He will go
on a tour with the brand-new BMW X7, which just celebrated its world
premiere at LA Auto Show, to visit murals in the city of Miami –
partly newly created by him and partly created by other artists whom
are an inspiration to him. The murals are located across Miami, from
Wynwood Art District, South Beach to Midtown Design District. The BMW
X7 Mural Tour with Spencer „MAR“ Guilburt will be shared on the social
media channels of the artist,BMW and is a collaboration with the Urban
Art Group.

BMW i & Soho House Art and Design Talk December 4, 2018 at
8:00 pm

The Future of Art in a Digital Age

Together with BMW i Soho Beach House will host a lively
discussion about the future of art in a digital age. Panelists are
Brian Bress, a pioneer in video art, and
Jamal Cyrus, latest BMW Art Journey recipient,
moderated by András Szántó. As always the BMW joint event focusses on
the fertile ground between art, innovation and design and is followed
by a cocktail reception.  As part of an ongoing collaboration, Soho
House and BMW i have co-created an international program of events and
experiences focusing on art, innovation and design throughout Soho
House locations in Europe and North America.

BMW is a global partner of Art Basel and has supported Art
Basel’s three shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong for many years.

For further questions please contact:
Prof. Dr
Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental
Head of Cultural Engagement
Phone: +49 89 382 24 753


Dorothee Dines
Art Basel
Art Basel Globale Leitung
Media Relations
Telefon: +41 58 206 27 06

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 such as Art Basel Cities, working with partner
cities on bespoke cultural programs. For further information, please

About BMW Group’s Cultural Commitment
For almost
50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated and engaged in over 100
cultural cooperations worldwide. The company places the main focus of
its long-term commitment on contemporary and modern art, classical
music and jazz as well as architecture and design. In 1972, three
large-scale paintings were created by the artist Gerhard Richter
specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group’s Munich headquarters.
Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Daniel Barenboim,
Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have co-operated with BMW. In
2016 and 2017, female artist Cao Fei from China and American John
Baldessari created the next two vehicles for the BMW Art Car
Collection. Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate Live, the BMW Art
Journey and the “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin, Munich, Moscow and
London, the company also partners with
leading museums and art fairs as well as orchestras and opera houses
around the world. The BMW Group takes absolute creative freedom in all
its cultural activities – as this initiative is as essential for
producing groundbreaking artistic work as it is for major innovations
in a successful business.

Further information:

The BMW Group
With its four brands BMW, MINI,
Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading
premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides
premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production
network comprises 30 production and assembly facilities in 14
countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles
and more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in
the financial year 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 129,932 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.


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