The BMW Art Journey can take an artist almost anywhere in the world – to research, to network, to envision and create new work. Artists showing in Art Basel’s selection for emerging artists in Hong Kong are eligible for the BMW Art Journey.

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The BMW Art Journey, which recognizes and supports the work of some of the most promising artists working today, is the latest in a broad range of cultural projects for BMW. For over forty years the BMW Group has initiated more than one hundred cultural partnerships worldwide in the areas of modern and contemporary art, jazz and classical music, as well as architecture and design. Unrestricted freedom of creative potential is of the utmost importance to the long-term cultural engagements of BMW.

Art Basel stages the world’s premier art shows for Modern and contemporary works, sited in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel program- ming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. In addition to ambitious stands featuring leading galleries from around the world, each show’s singular exhibition sectors spotlight the latest developments in the visual arts, offering visitors new ideas, new inspiration and new contacts in the art world.


CLAIRE HSU Director Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

BOSE KRISHNAMACHARI President Kochi Biennale, Kochi (2016, 2017, 2018)

MATTHIAS MÜHLING Director Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau, Munich (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

ALEXANDRA MUNROE Senior Curator of Asian Art and Senior Advisor, Global Arts, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2017)

PAULINE J. YAO Lead Curator of Visual Art M+, Hong Kong (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

RICHARD ARMSTRONG Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York (2015, 2016, 2018)

SHWETAL PATEL Independent Curator, India (2015)


MASSIMILIANO GIONI Artistic Director New Museum, New York

VICTORIA NOORTHOORN Director Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires

PHILIP TINARI Director Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing

GABI NGCOBO Curator Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin

SUSANNE PFEFFER Director Museum Fridericianium, Kassel

CLAIRE HSU Director, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong


Claire Hsu is co-founder and executive director of Asia Art Archive (AAA), an independent non-profit organization established in Hong Kong in 2000, which addresses the urgent need to document and make accessible the multiple recent histories of art in the region. AAA has collated one of the most valuable collections of material on contemporary art in the region — open to the public free of charge and increasingly accessible from its website. Hsu is co-editor of AAA’s e-journal, Field Notes, and she has participated as a speaker in a number of forums around the world. She sits on the general and acquisition committees of M+, the new museum for 20th and 21st century visual culture in Hong Kong, and on the board of the Foundation for Arts Initiatives. Hsu received an Asian Cultural Council Starr Foundation Fellowship in 2003, the RBS Coutts/Financial Times Women in Asia Award in 2009, and was selected as a 2013 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

PATRIZIA SANDRETTO RE REBAUDENGO President, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Madrid

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Photo Andrea Basile

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is the founder and President of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. After graduating in Economy and Business at Turin university, she approached the world of contemporary art as a collector, in the early 1990s.
She turned her passion for art into an organized activity in 1995, when she created Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. In 1997 the first building of the Foundation was opened in Guarene d’Alba (Turin), into the rooms of Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, an XVII- century manor on the hills of Piedmont.
In 2002 the Foundation took its activity of developing and promoting contemporary art a step further, with the opening of a new exhibition venue in Turin, which is now an internationally acknowledged center for research, experimentation, and exchange between artists, critics, curators from all over the world.
Since 2017 she is the president of Fundacion Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Madrid.

MATTHIAS MÜHLING Director, Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau, Munich


Matthias Mühling is a German art historian and director of the Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau in Munich. He studied art history, theater, film, and TV studies, as well as political science at the Universities of Bochum and Münster. From 1999 until 2000, he received a grant from the international graduate school Representation-Rhetoric-Knowledge at the European University of Frankfurt/Oder. In 2001, he was a visiting fellow in the Poetics and Theory Program at New York University. From 2003 to 2005, he worked as an assistant curator at the Hamburger Kunsthalle where he conceived shows such as The Self on Stage — Self-Portraits since 1945 and Samuel Beckett and the Visual Arts. As a writer and curator, he has authored many publications and curated numerous exhibitions on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

PHILIP TINARI Director, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing


Philip Tinari has served as director of Beijing’s UCCA Center for Contemporary Art since 2012. In his five-year tenure, he has mounted nearly sixty exhibitions of artists including Robert Rauschenberg, David Diao, William Kentridge, Liu Wei, Tino Sehgal, and Kan Xuan, while organizing a wide range of public programs and development activities. He has also introduced a number of initiatives highlighting a new generation of Chinese artists, including the 2013 survey “ON | OFF” and the ongoing exhibition series “New Directions.” Prior to joining UCCA, Tinari was founding editor of LEAP, a bilingual magazine rooted in China’s art scene. He is a contributing editor of Artforum, for whom he previously served as founding editor of In 2015 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is currently completing a D.Phil. in art history at Oxford and co-curating, with Alexandra Munroe, the survey “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,” which opens at the Guggenheim in 2017.

SAMSON YOUNG Artist, first winner BMW Art Journey, Hong Kong

Samson Young, Photo Fritz Beck

Multi-disciplinary artist Samson Young was trained as a composer, and graduated with a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Princeton University in 2013. In 2017 he represented Hong Kong in a solo project at the Hong Kong Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale. Other solo exhibitions include the De Appel, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; SMART Museum, Chicago; Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art in Manchester; M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong; Ryosoku-in at Kenninji Temple, Kyoto; and Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. Group exhibitions include Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Gropius Bau, Berlin; Performa 19, New York; Biennale of Sydney; Shanghai Biennale; National Museum of Art, Osaka; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; and documenta 14: documenta radio; amongst others. He was the recipient of the BMW / Art Basel Art Journey Award, Hong Kong Arts Development Council Artist of the Year Award, Prix Ars Electronica, and the Bloomberg Emerging Artist Award. In 2019, he was shortlisted for the inaugural Uli Sigg Prize. His works are held in the collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Mori Art Museum, Japan; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

BOSE KRISHNAMACHARI President, Kochi Biennale, Kochi


Bose Krishnamachari, an artist and independent curator, is president of the Kochi Biennale Foundation. He has served as artistic director and co-curator of India’s first Biennale — The Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012 — and as director of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014. Krishnamachari’s diverse artistic and curatorial practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture, design, installation, and architecture. He has exhibited in several important solo and group exhibitions including “Indian Highway” at the Serpentine Gallery, in London, in 2009; “Gateway Bombay” at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, in 2007; “Bombay Maximum City” at Lille 3000, an arts festival in Lille, France, in 2006. His curatorial projects include the seminal exhibition, “The Bombay Boys”, New Delhi in 2004; “Double-Enders, A travelling show,” in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Kochi in 2005; and guest curating the Indian pavilion of ARCO-Madrid in Spain in 2009. In 2009, Krishnamachari created Gallery BMB in South Mumbai with a vision to bring the best national and international art to India.

PAULINE J. YAO Lead Curator, Visual Art at M+, Hong Kong


Pauline J. Yao is a lead curator for visual art at M+, the new museum for 20th and 21st century visual culture, currently under construction in Hong Kong. She has held curatorial positions at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
and worked as an independent curator and writer in Beijing for six years, during which time she helped co-found the storefront art space, Arrow Factory. A co-curator of the 2009 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Yao is a regular contributor to Artforum, e-flux Journal, and Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. Her writings have appeared in numerous exhibition catalogs, online publications, and edited volumes. She is the author of In Production Mode: Contemporary Art in China (Timezone 8 Books, 2008) and co-editor of 3 Years: Arrow Factory (Sternberg Press, 2011).

ALEXANDRA MUNROE Senior Curator of Asian Art and Senior Advisor, Global Arts, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York


Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D. is an award-winning curator, Asia scholar and author focusing on art, culture and institutional global strategy. Currently the Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art and Senior Advisor, Global Arts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, she has led the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Initiative since its founding in 2006. Under her leadership, the museum has presented groundbreaking exhibitions and scholarly publications on Asian art in a global context and has expanded its mission to study, acquire and exhibit art from beyond the Western world. Her project Japanese Art after 1945: Scream Against the Sky (1994) is recognized for initiating the field of postwar Japanese art history in the U.S. Called “catalytic” by Artforum, Munroe has impacted the international critical rise of artists Yayoi Kusama, Lee Ufan, Mu Xin, and Yoko Ono and such historic avantgarde movements as Gutai, Mono-ha, Japanese otaku culture, and Korean Tanseakwa. She is currently working on Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, opening at the Guggenheim in Fall 2017.

RICHARD ARMSTRONG Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York (2015, 2016)


Richard Armstrong has served as the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation since November 2008. Armstrong works with senior staff to maximize all aspects of the Foundation’s operations: permanent collections, exhibition programs, acquisitions, documentation, scholarship, and conservation. Previously, Armstrong was the Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art, where he also served as chief curator and previously curator of contemporary art. From 1981 to 1992, he was a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he organized four biennials, among many other exhibitions.

SHWETAL PATEL Independent curator, India (2015)


Shwetal A. Patel is a curator, arts practitioner, and independent biennial administrator who studied economics at the University of London. In 2010, Patel was invited to help create India’s first contemporary art biennial, an artist-led initiative spearheaded by the Kochi Biennale Foundation. Patel took a wide ranging operational role, which included the initial development and planning as well as extensive research and national and international advocacy duties. The first edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2012) drew an audience of nearly 400,000 visitors, becoming the largest non-profit perennial art exhibition of its kind in South Asia. Patel has been an advisor to the National Academy of the Arts, The Lalit Kala Akademi (Government of India), for the Venice Biennale and the India Triennale.

MASSIMILIANO GIONI Artistic Director, New Museum, New York


Massimiliano Gioni is the artistic director of both the New Museum, New York, and the Nicola Trussardi Foundation, Milan. He curated the 55th Venice Biennale; the 8th Gwangju Biennial in South Korea; the 4th Berlin Biennial, co-curated with Maurizio Cattelan and Ali Subotnick; and Manifesta 5 in San Sebastian, Spain, which was co-curated with Marta Kuzma. Over his seven-year tenure at the New Museum, he has curated solo exhibitions of work by Tacita Dean, Carsten Höller, Gustav Metzger, Paul Chan, and Urs Fischer. Gioni’s group shows — which include “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set” and the inaugural triennial “Younger Than Jesus” — have become signature events of the museum’s program. In 2014 Gioni organized solo shows by Chris Ofili and Camille Henrot. At the Nicola Trussardi Foundation, Gioni has curated solo shows by Allora & Calzadilla, Cyprien Gaillard, Pipilotti Rist, Tino Sehgal, Paweł Althamer, and Anri Sala.

VICTORIA NOORTHOORN Director, Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires


Victoria Noorthoorn has been the director of the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires since August 2013. She received an M.A. in art history from the University of Buenos Aires and an M.A. in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York. She has served as project coordinator of the international program at MoMA, New York; assistant curator of contemporary exhibitions at the Drawing Center, New York; and curator at Malba-Fundación Costantini in Buenos Aires. Noorthoorn worked independently between 2004 and 2013, during which time she curated the 29th Pontevedra Art Biennial in Pontevedra, Spain; the 41 Salón Nacional de Artistas in Cali, Colombia; the 7th Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil; the 11ème Biennale de Lyon, “A Terrible Beauty is Born,” in France (2011); and the “Circle Walked Casually,” Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin (2013); among many other exhibitions.

SUSANNE PFEFFER Director Museum Fridericianium, Kassel


Susanne Pfeffer is a German art historian, studied drama and philosophy at the Humboldt-University in Berlin and is director at the Museum Friedericianum in Kassel since 2013. She recently has been curator of the German Pavillion at the Venice Biennale for which the exhibiting artist Anne Imhof was awarded with the Golden Lion for her work Faust. Two years prior Pfeffer was also curator of the Swiss Pavillion at the Venice Biennale with the artist Pamela Rosenkranz with her work Our Product, for which she was granted with the Golden Lion. From 2007 – 2012 Susanne Pfeffer was Chief Curator at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin as well as curator and consultant at MoMA PS1, New York. She is also guest curator at Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Bienal de São Paulo ; Museum Boiimans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museum for contemporary Art, Warsaw; La biennale d'art contemporain Lyon; Museion Bozen; Sammlung Zander, Bönnigheim; and others.

GABI NGCOBO Founding member, Nothing Gets Organised and Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR, 2010–14), Johannesburg


Gabi Ngcobo has been engaged in collaborative artistic, curatorial, and educational projects in South Africa and on an international scope. She is a founding member of the Johannesburg based collaborative platforms NGO – Nothing Gets Organised and Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR, 2010–14). NGO focusses on processes of self-organization that take place outside of predetermined structures, definitions, contexts, or forms. The CHR responded to the demands of the moment through an exploration of how historical legacies impact and resonate within contemporary art.