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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).

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Fifth BMW Art Journey winner: Astha Butail

Fifth BMW Art Journey winner: Astha Butail

Astha Butail, represented by GALLERYSKE, Bangalore, is the fifth BMW Art Journey winner. She was selected from a shortlist of three artists exhibiting in the Discoveries sector at this year’s Art Basel show in Hong Kong.

Fourth BMW Art Journey winner: ​Max Hooper Schneider

Fourth BMW Art Journey winner: ​Max Hooper Schneider

Max Hooper Schneider, represented by High Art, is the fourth BMW Art Journey winner. He was selected from a shortlist of three artists exhibiting in the Positions sector at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016.

​Third BMW Art Journey winner: Abigail Reynolds

​Third BMW Art Journey winner: Abigail Reynolds

Abigail Reynolds, represented by Rokeby in London, is the winner of the third BMW Art Journey award. She was selected from a shortlist of three artists exhibiting in the Discoveries sector of the 2016 Art Basel show in Hong Kong.

Second BMW Art Journey winner: Henning Fehr and Philipp Rühr

Second BMW Art Journey winner: Henning Fehr and Philipp Rühr

Artists Henning Fehr and Philipp Rühr are the winners of the second BMW Art Journey award. The pair, represented by Galerie Max Mayer in Düsseldorf, was selected from artists showing in the Positions sector at the 2015 Art Basel in Miami Beach show.


First BMW Art Journey winner: Samson Young

First BMW Art Journey winner: Samson Young

Samson Young, Hong Kong sound artist and winner of the first BMW Art Journey, will present a new public artwork during Art Basel’s Hong Kong show this year. Titled So You Are Old by the Time You Reach the Island, the piece will take the form of a multi-media walk that will lead participants on a journey through the streets of the Admiralty and Wan Chai districts in Hong Kong.


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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.