BMW Art Journey winner Jamal Cyrus to present new artworks of his travels to the “Afro-Atlantic”

BMW Art Journey winner Jamal Cyrus to present new artworks of his travels to the “Afro-Atlantic”

28.11.2018: - BMW is official partner of Art Basel in Miami Beach 2018. 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


- BMW is official partner of Art Basel in Miami Beach 2018.







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 Schneider (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“ Guilburt



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.





Prof. Dr Thomas Girst- photos BMW

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