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BMW Art Journey

By enabling the winning artist to go on their own journey of creative discovery, the BMW Art Journey functions as a mobile studio that can take artists almost anywhere in the world – to develop new ideas, discover new themes, and envision new creative projects. Artists accepted into the Discoveries sector at our Hong Kong show, and the Positions sector in Miami Beach are eligible.

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BMW Art Journey winner announced: ​Astha Butail

Art Basel and BMW are delighted to present Astha Butail, represented by GALLERYSKE, Bangalore, as the next BMW Art Journey winner. Her winning project titled In the Absence of Writing is concerned with memory and living traditions that are passed down through teaching and storytelling. In the artist’s words, it will be "a homage to the intangible oral traditions that are still alive today." 

For the BMW Art Journey, Butail plans to investigate Zoroastrian Avesta, Jewish Oral Torah and Indian Veda traditions by observing and recording their different memory techniques and interviewing scholars and practitioners of each tradition. The journey will lead through the cities of Yazd (Iran), Jerusalem (Israel), London (United Kingdom), Varanasi, Pune, New Delhi and Mumbai (India).

Read more about the BMW Art Journey here.




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Like a mobile studio, the BMW Art Journey can take an artist almost anywhere in the world to undertake research, make contacts, and envision and create new work.