The Ultimate Love of the Arts: BMW Remains Partner of Art Basel in Miami Beach 2018


Running from December 6th to December 9th, 2018, the world-renowned Art Basel show in Miami Beach, Florida will present countless works of art from both established and emerging artists as provided by over 200 galleries worldwide. BMW has been a longstanding partner to this incredible international art show and will be providing a VIP shuttle service for guests once more. BMW will also sponsor the plush BMW Lounge that will feature the current artworks of last year’s BMW Art Journey winner, Jamal Cyrus. Founded in 2015, the BMW Art Journey award is an artistic collaboration between BMW and Art Basel and was ultimately created to highlight and support new upcoming artists across the globe. This award is unique in that it is only open to artists who are exhibiting work in the sector of Discoveries during Hong Kong’s Art Basel.

Jamal Cyrus, the winner of last year’s BMW Art Journey award, will be presenting his artworks in the BMW lounge. Partially inspired by Paul Gilroy’s writings of the early nineties, Cyrus describes his work as “an intercontinental and multinational geography describing the circulation of ideas between Africa, Europe, and the Americas” and explains that he aims to examine the multiple diverse cultural hybrids that have emerged over time through extended interaction between the continents. Thanks to the BMW Art Journey award, Cyrus was able to experience many different cultures of the Afro-Atlantic. Cyrus began his incredible art journey by entering Cape Coast, Ghana; from there, he focused on retracing African migrations and learning just how African practices and principles were absorbed into new geographies and cultures. Cyrus further explains, “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.”


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