A new global art initiative to take artists almost anywhere in the world

A mobile studio by Art BaselxBMW  takes artists almost anywhere in the world. The artist proposes the journey. The artist sets off on the journey. The artist reflects on the journey.

Inspired by travel and encompassing infinite potential variations on places and experiences, the global artists will have a new opportunity to develop new ideas, discover new themes, and envision new creative projects.

Starting in 2015, Art Basel and BMW will support emerging artists by awarding the BMW Art Journey, enabling them to go on their own journey of creative discovery. Functioning as a mobile studio, the BMW Art Journey can take artists almost anywhere in the world – to conduct research, make new contacts, and create new work.

Artists who are exhibiting in Art Basel‘s sectors for emerging-artists in Miami Beach and Hong Kong, respectively, are eligible to receive an Art Journey. It will be awarded twice a year, to one artist among those who exhibit at each location. Two international expert juries, one for Hong Kong and one for Miami Beach, will determine a shortlist of three artists per sector and invite these artists to submit proposals for a journey. One artist from each shortlist will then be selected, in a second round of judging, to receive the BMW Art Journey. The artist chosen from the Discoveries sector of Art Basel’s show in Hong Kong, taking place in March 2015, will be announced in the summer of 2015. The selected artist from the Positions sector of Art Basel in Miami Beach, in December 2015, will be announced in early 2016.

“The BMW Art Journey will allow emerging artists from the Positions and Discoveries sectors of our shows to go on journeys that will feed into their future practice – so I look forward to ‎seeing where the artists go, and with what they return,” said Art Basel Director Marc Spiegler.

The journeys will be documented and shared with the public in publications, digital and social media.

Members of the Hong Kong jury (first selection, March 2015) include: Richard Armstrong (Director Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York), Claire Hsu (Director Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong), Matthias Mühling (Director Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich).

Members of the Miami Beach jury (first selection, December 2015) include: Juan Gaitán (Curator based in Mexico City), Massimiliano Gioni (Artistic Director New Museum, New York City), Gabriele Horn (Director KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin), Victoria Noorthoorn (Director Museo de Arte Moderna, Buenos Aires), Bisi Silva (Director Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos).