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BMW Art Journey

About the 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.

Since 2020, the circle of eligible artists has been broadened. It includes emerging and mid-career artists participating at Art Basel in Hong Kong represented not only by galleries in the Discoveries sector, but also by galleries that were founded no more than ten years ago.

A judging panel comprised of internationally renowned experts meet first to select a shortlist of three artists, 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 later this year.


BMW Art Journey Winners

Tenth BMW Art Journey Winner: Julien Creuzet

Tenth BMW Art Journey Winner: Julien Creuzet

Art Basel and BMW are delighted to present Julien Creuzet as the BMW Art Journey winner 2021. An international jury selected the French-Caribbean artist unanimously from a shortlist of three artists represented by galleries originally selected to participate in Art Basel's 2021 show in Hong Kong. Julien Creuzet is represented by High Art, Paris and Arles.

Ninth BMW Art Journey Winner: Leelee Chan

Ninth BMW Art Journey Winner: Leelee Chan

Hong Kong-based artist Leelee Chan, who is represented by Capsule Shanghai, is the ninth BMW Art Journey winner and was selected in 2020. Read our story about Chan's journey here.

Eighth BMW Art Journey winner: Lu Yang

Eighth BMW Art Journey winner: Lu Yang

Lu Yang, represented by  Société in Berlin, is the eight winner and was selected at the 2019 show in Hong Kong.

Seventh BMW Art Journey winner: Zac Langdon-Pole

Seventh BMW Art Journey winner: Zac Langdon-Pole

Zac Langdon-Pole, represented by Michael Lett in Auckland is the seventh winner and was selected at the 2018 show in Hong Kong.

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 Positions sector at the 2017 Art Basel show in Miami Beach.

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 in 2015, presented a new public artwork during Art Basel’s Hong Kong show in 2016. 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.