Leelee Chan selected for the next BMW Art Journey

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Art Basel and BMW are delighted to present Leelee Chan as the next winner of BMW Art Journey. An international jury conducted its selection process unanimously and online. Leelee Chan was selected from a shortlist of three artist submissions represented by galleries initially accepted for this year’s Art Basel exhibition in Hong Kong. Leelee Chan is represented by the Shanghai Capsule Gallery.

rt Basel and BMW are delighted to present Leelee Chan as the next winner of BMW Art Journey. An international jury conducted its selection process unanimously and online. Leelee Chan was selected from a shortlist of three artist submissions represented by galleries initially accepted for this year’s Art Basel exhibition in Hong Kong. Leelee Chan is represented by the Shanghai Capsule Gallery.

Leelee Chan’s BMW artistic journey “Let’s throw away time” intends to retrace the material culture of the past, present and future. The artist will visit families of craftsmen who practice ancient craft techniques using copper, silver and marble, among other materials, some of which play a role in the artist’s own sculptural practice. Throughout his journey, Chan will engage with scientists and experts to understand how natural materials might be replaced by man-made materials in the future.

By studying ancient materials and their future substitutes in the emerging fields of nanotechnology and biotechnology, Leelee Chan’s BMW Art Journey project expresses the evolving relationship between people and materials and addresses contemporary debates surrounding sustainability. ecological and cultural. Ranging from craftsmanship to industrial via post-industrial, the artist’s investigation of materials finally asks the question: “What does it mean to be a sculptor today?” Looking for an answer, Leelee Chan plans to visit destinations in Europe, Japan and the Americas. His final travel itinerary will be determined in accordance with current travel and health regulations related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I am more than delighted to be selected for the BMW Art Journey. Material objects have always been at the heart of my practice. The journey will allow me to dig much deeper by discovering new processes, meeting the people who work with them in their daily lives, and thus make them meaningful to me as a sculptor working in this current uncertain moment ”, Leelee said. Chan.

The international jury was composed of Claire Hsu, director, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Matthias Mühling, director, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich; Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, President, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Philippe Tinari, director, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; and Samson Young, artist and winner of the first BMW Art Journey.

“Leelee Chan’s journey crosses time and space to examine the stories of materials, including metal, stone and crystals, and explore how they have shaped our human experience,” the jury noted in their statement. “From ancient crystal caves in Mexico to marble workshops in Italy to high-tech synthetic quartz factories in Japan, the artist plans to study the materials with the help of experts and craftsmen, to both as a source of raw material and as a source of inspiration for reflection. . We were impressed with how Leelee Chan uses materials loaded with needs, values ​​and ideas, to ask what it means to be a sculptor working today and tomorrow.

In addition to Leelee Chan, the shortlisted artists for the BMW Art Journey 2020 were: Jes Fan (represented by Empty Gallery, Hong Kong) and the artist duo Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho (represented by 47 Canal, New York).

Launched in 2015, the BMW artistic journey is a collaboration between Art Basel and BMW, created to recognize and support emerging artists from around the world. Now in its sixth year, the initiative is evolving. Since 2020, the circle of eligible artists has widened. For the first time, eligible participants included not only emerging and mid-career artists from the Discoveries sector, but also artists presented by participating galleries founded less than ten years ago. As this year’s Art Basel show in Hong Kong had to be canceled due to the outbreak and spread of Covid-19, the jury conducted their selection process online. Artists and their galleries were invited to submit digital entries, including a short video from the artists explaining their work and process.

Former BMW Art Journey winners include sound and performance artist Samson Young (represented by am Space, Hong Kong at the Art Basel show in Hong Kong in 2015); video artists Henning Fehr and Philipp Ruhr (represented by Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf at the Art Basel exhibition in Miami Beach in 2015); Abigail Reynolds (represented by Rokeby, London at the Art Basel show in Hong Kong in 2016) as well as Max Hooper Schneider (represented by High Art, Paris at the Art Basel show in Miami Beach in 2016), Astha Butail (represented by GALLERYSKE, New Dehli, Bangalore at the Art Basel show in Hong Kong in 2017), Jamal Cyrus (represented by Inman Gallery, Houston at Art Basel in Miami Beach in 2017), Zac Langdon-Pole (represented by Michael Lett, Auckland at Art Basel Hong Kong 2018) and Lu Yang (represented by Société gallery, Berlin at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019).

BMW has supported Art Basel exhibitions in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong for many years.


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