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BMW Art Journey 2021 shortlisted artists announced: Julien Creuzet; Kelvin Kyung Kun Park; and Alice Wang

Sanghee Kim

May 21, 2021

BMW Art Journey was launched in 2015 and is a collaboration between Art Basel and BMW. It was created to support international emerging artists. Since 2020, the pool of eligible artists has been widened to include mid-career artists. The judging panel is made up of art professionals from around the world; they select a shortlist of three artists who are then invited to present proposals for their own art journey. The same jury then chooses a winner from the three presentations. 


Leelee Chan, the winner of BMW Art Journey 2020, has a solo presentation Pallet in Repose (Resurfacer) at Art Basel Hong Kong in the Discoveries sector at Booth: 1C41 with Capsule Shanghai. The booth consists of a presentation of four sculptures that together create a space for the hybridity of natural and industrial materials. 



Circuit (New Moon), 2021
Found plastic pallet, copper plate gifted by Filipino D’Aloise, gold sheen obsidian,
bronze powder, stainless steel mirror, metal hardware.
Courtesy of the artist and Capsule Shanghai / Photo by South Ho



Chan also has an exhibition at BMW Wanchai Showroom of her BMW Art Journey project so far titled Tokens from Time, tracing material culture from the past, present and future. Taking inspiration from a wide range of materials, Chan produced a sculptural work, Circuit (New Moon) (2021), alongside images and films documenting her journey since winning the award last year (2020).



The jury of BMW Art Journey 2021 consisted of Samson Young, artist and winner of the first BMW Art Journey; Claire Hsu, Director of Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Matthias Mühling, Director of Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich; Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, President of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; and Philip Tinari, Director of UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing.   



From left to right: Julien Creuzet, Kelvin Kyung Kun Park, and Alice Wang



This year’s shortlisted artists are: 


/ Julien Creuzet (b.1986, Blanc-Mesnil, France)


Julien Creuzet lives and works in Montreuil and is represented by High Art, Paris. Creuzet is a visual artist and explores social realities and minority histories that may not get mainstream attention. 



from the land of our fathers / of our landless fathers / of our working mothers / from our mothers of hell, / singing on the other side (...), 2019
Metal, plastic, mesh, fabric, string, electrical wiring
222 x 110 x 65 cm (87 3/8 x 43 1/4 x 25 5/8 in.)
Courtesy of the artist and High Art, Paris



Creuzet has a forthcoming exhibition at Camden Art Centre in London, but in the meantime enjoy Creuzet’s musical press release for the exhibition Allied Chemical & Dye at High Art, Paris (Oct 17 - Nov 30, 2019) 



/ Kelvin Kyung Kun Park (b.1978, Seoul, Korea)


Kelvin Kyung Kun Park lives and works in Seoul, usually in the medium of film and video, photography, and installations. represented by Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai. Park’s most notable work is a film titled Cheonggyecheon Medley (2010), followed by A Dream of Iron (2014), which made a debut at the Berlin International Film Festival. 



Cathedral: from A Dream of Iron, 2013
inkjet print
164 x 110 cm (64.6 x 43.3 in.)
Courtesy of the artist and Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai



/ Alice Wang (b.1983, Xi’an, China) 


Alice Wang lives and works between Los Angeles and Shanghai, and is represented by Capsule Shanghai, Shanghai. In her practice, Wang combines technology and spiritual perspectives to see how matter can be interpreted in the context of “reality”. 


HD video and 16mm transferred to HD video 
18 mins 45 secs 
Edition of 5 plus 2 APs 



In Wang's recent solo exhibition at Capsule Shanghai, the artist explores the rationality of human consciousness through new sculptures, photographs, and the second part of the infinite film series Pyramids and Parabolas, which Wang first started making in 2017. 


The shortlisted artists are invited to develop the proposal and the winner will be announced summer 2021. 


For more information on BMW Art Journey 2021 artists, click here