Cao Fei is driven to cre­ate a master­piece

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE - By SUN YUAN­QING

A lead­ing young artist in China, Cao Fei, does not own a car or have a driv­ing li­cense, and she does not have plans to learn how to drive ei­ther.

But this has not stopped her from ac­cept­ing the of­fer to cre­ate an art car forBMW.

The artist, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with BMW, re­cently an­nounced their plan to cre­ate aBMWArt Car, which will be re­leased in 2017.

Based on theBMWM6GT3 per­for­mance car, the art car will show­case the fu­ture of trans­porta­tion with an em­pha­sis on go­ing driver­less, the smart in­ter­net and vir­tual re­al­ity.

This will be the first BMW Art Car cre­ated by a Chi­nese artist and 18th of its kind.

Ear­lier par­tic­i­pants in­clude lu­mi­nar­ies, such as Alexan­der Calder, Frank Stella and Roy Licht­en­stein.

The art car styles in­clude pop and con­cep­tual art.

Speak­ing about her work, Cao, 38, says: “The car is key to un­der­stand­ing the changes in Chi­nese so­ci­ety to­day. The speed of the car co­in­cides with how fast Chi­nese so­ci­ety is chang­ing, which is my in­spi­ra­tion.”

Cao’s idea echoes BMW’s vi­sion about green trans­porta­tion, smart in­ter­net and go­ing driver­less, says Thomas Girst, head ofBMW’s Cul­tural En­gage­ment.

Cao be­longs to a pi­o­neer­ing group of young Chi­nese artists, who use video and multimedia in­stal­la­tions to look at the rapid changes in Chi­nese so­ci­ety.

Her most in­flu­en­tial works in­clude films like Whose Utopia and La Town.

In 2010, Cao was nom­i­nated for the Fu­ture Gen­er­a­tion Art Prize and was short­listed for the Hugo Boss Prize.

She re­ceived the Best Young Artist Award at the Chi­nese Con­tem­po­rary Art Awards in 2006.

For her lat­est as­sign­ment, Cao was picked by the BMW Art Car jury of 12 schol­ars and mu­seum cu­ra­tors, in­clud­ing Richard Arm­strong, di­rec­tor of the Solomon R. Guggen­heim Mu­seum in New York, and Chris Der­con, di­rec­tor of Tate Mod­ern in Lon­don.

Amer­i­can artist John Baldessari, who will cre­ate the 19th BMW Art Car, was also cho­sen by the same team.

To pre­pare for her lat­est as­sign­ment, Cao has talked with the man­age­ment and de­sign teams of BMW, and vis­ited BMW fac­to­ries in Mu­nich and Shenyang.

Movies like No Man’s Land, Crash and Walk­ing Dead are re­search.

Like pre­vi­ous BMW Cars, the fi­nal work also part of her Art will first take part in a car race be­fore be­ing ex­hib­ited in mu­se­ums around the world.


Mod­els wear cre­ations of Er­dos’ two brands — Er­dos 1980 and Er­dos — in a run­way show in Bei­jing.


Artist Cao Fei with Thomas Girst, head of BMW’s Cul­tural En­gage­ment. The Chi­nese artist will col­lab­o­rate with BMW to cre­ate an art car, which will be re­leased in 2017.

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