BMW and Art Basel have promoted young international artists through the BMW Art Journey since 2015. Serving as a mobile studio, the BMW Art Journey enables selected artists to take a journey of creative discovery to a destination of their choosing – to conduct research, make contacts and create new works.
The BMW Art Journey is open to artists presented in Art Basel's “Discoveries” sector in Hong Kong and represented by exhibiting galleries founded no more than ten years ago. The jury of renowned international experts drafts a shortlist of three artists and invites them to submit proposals for a journey that would take their ideas and artistic practice to the next level. The jury then convenes again to select the winner from the three proposals submitted.
The members of the expert jury include Claire Hsu (Director Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong), Matthias Mühling (Director Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany), Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (President Fondazione Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy), Philip Tinari (Director and CEO UCCA Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China) and Samson Young (artist and winner of the first BMW Art Journey).
The following artists have been recognised by the BMW Art Journey to date: Samson Young, Henning Fehr and Philipp Ruhr, Abigail Reynolds, Max Hooper Schneider, Astha Butail, Jamal Cyrus, Zac Langdon-Pole, Lu Yang and Leelee Chan.