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Arty SA 525i heads to NY museum

2010-11-17 14:55
 VEHICULAR ART: Esther Mahlangu's 1991 creation wi

VEHICULAR ART: Esther Mahlangu's 1991 creation will be exhibited in a New York museum.

A BMW 525i adorned with the work of renowned Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu will be exhibited in the New York Museum of Arts and Design.

The 1991 design is part of the Global Africa Project installation that explores the effect of African visual art, craft and design on the world. The exhibition will run from November 17, 2010 through to May 15, 2011.

Mahlangu took just a week to transform the ordinary 5 Series into a BMW Art Car using the distinctive painting technique of the Ndebele.

Said Mahlangu of her work: “Ndebele art has, in an entirely natural way, something slightly formal but very majestic about it; through my work I have added the idea of movement.”

Since 1975, artists from throughout the world have turned BMW cars into art through the Art Car programme.

Over the 35 years of the BMW Art Car programme, 17 art cars have been added to the collection; the most recent is the BMW M3 GT2 by Jeff Koons that was unveiled earlier this year.

Mahlangu was the first female and first African BMW Art Car artist to join the programme.

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