BMW 7 Series Individual by Esther Mahlangu makes its first public appearance at the FNB Joburg Art Fair
The BMW 7 Series Individual (750Li) by Esther Mahlangu made its first public appearance at the tenth edition of the FNB Joburg Art Fair, which took place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from Thursday, 7 September to Sunday, 10 September 2017.
The BMW 750Li Individual by Esther Mahlangu is a right-hand drive vehicle featuring Esther’s specially commissioned BMW panels painted in Ndebele art and also boasting an array of equipment from the comprehensive BMW Individual Collection in addition to the unique features incorporated by the BMW Individual Manufaktur. The 20-inch light alloy wheels in w-spoke styling underscore the elegant appearance of the BMW 7 Series while the exterior bodywork is coated in BMW Individual Aventurine Red Metallic.
The interior features BMW Individual full fine-grain Merino leather in Smoke White/Black, the highest quality leather available for a BMW, including seats with weave-look stitching and hand-woven piping. The leather’s natural smoothness and its fine structure offers a unique look and feel. The full leather trim also includes the rear panelling of the front seats, the upper and lower instrument panel as well as the door panels (upper instrument panel and door panels upper-arm trim in black Walknappa leather). A BMW Individual leather steering wheel with applications in Piano finish Black and an Alcantara headliner in Smoke White complete the exclusive ambience of the interior.
The FNB JoburgArtFair is Africa’s leading art fair focused on contemporary art from the continent. Now in its tenth year, it continues to strengthen this position by presenting the finest of contemporary African art alongside memorable exhibitions and groundbreaking initiatives. "We are truly honoured to be the first platform where Esther Mahlangu could showcase her outstanding work and felt it a natural fit for the FNB JoburgArtFair; which echoes the South African contemporary art scene. It was a special moment to have her representing heritage juxtaposed with the future of design as we celebrated our 10th year, themed "looking back, looking forward" says Mandla Sibeko, Director of the FNBJoburgArtFair.
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About Esther Mahlangu and BMW Art cars.
26 Years ago, Esther Mahlangu was the first woman to create artwork on a BMW 525i Sedan turning it into a unique and colourful BMW Art Car. In 2016, Esther was once again commissioned by the BMW Group to refine a BMW 7 Series.
South African artist Esther Mahlangu was born in 1935 and hails from Middelburg, a small town in the north-eastern province of Mpumalanga. At the early age of 10, she began to paint under the guidance of her mother and grandmother. Traditionally, Ndebele women decorate the exterior walls of houses with elaborately painted patterns and graphic elements. Esther Mahlangu has separated these decorations and patterns and brought her people‘s traditional art of painting into a new context.
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For almost 50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated and engaged in over 100 cultural cooperation’s worldwide. The company places the main focus of its long-term commitment on contemporary and modern art, classical music and jazz as well as architecture and design. In 1972, three large-scale paintings were created by the artist Gerhard Richter specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group's Munich headquarters. Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Daniel Barenboim, Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have co-operated with BMW. In 2016 and 2017, female artist Cao Fei from China and American artist John Baldessari created the next two vehicles for the BMW Art Car Collection.
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