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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 are eligible.

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BMW Art Journey winner Zac Langdon-Pole

Art Basel and BMW are delighted to present Zac Langdon-Pole, represented by Michael Lett in Auckland, as the seventh BMW Art Journey winner.

Langdon-Pole’s journey along Sutures of the Sky, as his proposal was titled, will take him later this year across a world that humans and birds have been navigating through millennia. He will follow the flight paths of birds like the white stork and the Arctic tern, traveling along the Earth’s axis where the northern and southern hemispheres’ summers intersect. Migrating birds cover some of the longest distances traveled by any living being. Their routes have guided the Polynesian pathfinders across the seas. 

Inspired by this ancient celestial tracing, Langdon-Pole's journey questions the position of humans as the center of the world. Weaving through Central Europe, Southern Africa, and the Pacific islands of Samoa and Hawaii, his Art Journey seeks to understand how culture intersects with the science of celestial mapping—and from there flows into larger existential inquiries about who we are and how we are situated in the world. 

Sixth BMW Art Journey winner: Jamal Cyrus

Sixth BMW Art Journey winner: Jamal Cyrus

Jamal Cyrus, represented by Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas, as the sixth BMW Art Journey winner. He was selected from a shortlist of three artists exhibiting in the Discoveries sector at the 2018 Art Basel show in Hong Kong.

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 the 2017 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, presented a new public artwork during Art Basel’s Hong Kong show in 2014. Titled So You Are Old by the Time You Reach the Island, the piece took the form of a multi-media walk that 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.