London – 14-16 May 2010. To celebrate Tate
Moderns 10th anniversary, the museum will host “No Soul for Sale
– A Festival of Independents”, an initiative of the artist
Maurizio Cattelan and curators Cecilia Alemani and Massimiliano Gioni.
For this free art festival, Tate Modern is inviting over 70 of the
world’s most innovative independent art spaces, not-for-profit
organizations and artists’ collectives, from Shanghai to Rio de
Janeiro, to take over the Turbine Hall – amongst others:
Dispatch (New York), e-flux (Berlin), Para/Site Art Space (Hong Kong).
Chauffeur-driven to Tate Modern
One of the most exciting art events has been organised by the
Barcelona-based curatorial office Latitudes. For the project
"Mataró Chauffeur Service" Spanish artist
Martí Anson will set up a taxi firm and drive the curators to
London and back, designing the livery of the single vehicle fleet, his
chauffeur’s uniform and route. The car itself will be parked in
the Turbine Hall and form the basis of Latitudes’ temporary
office. In this setting they will present films and publications
relating to the projects they have curated since 2005. Anson and
Latitudes approached BMW inquiring about the possibility of an
automobile for their project. The company happily obliged, with
employees at BMW Spain, BMW UK and BMW Headquarters in Munich involved
with the "Mataró Chauffer Service" to make the
artist's vision come true.
Catalan artist Martí Anson (Mataró, 1967) lives and
works in Mataró. His art focuses on the process rather than the
result. Thus the passing of time is of vital importance to Anson.
Recent projects include ‘El preu dels colors’, Galeria
Toni Tàpies, Barcelona (2009), ‘Martí et la
chocolaterie’ for ‘Rendez-Vous 09’, 10th Biennale de
Lyon, Lyon (2009), ‘Martí and the flour factory’
for ‘Lucky Number 7’, Site Santa Fe, New Mexico (2008)
‘Fitzcarraldo, 55 days working on the construction of a Stella
34 yacht in the Centre d'Art Santa Mònica’, Centre
d’Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona (2005).
The BMW Group and Contemporary Art
With over 100 major projects worldwide BMW Group’s cultural
program has been an essential element of corporate communications for
almost 40 years. Besides architecture and design as well as classical
music and jazz, contemporary art is an integral part of BMW
Group’s cultural engagement. The Nationalgalerie Prize in
Berlin, the “Prix BMW” at the Paris Photo or the
“Premio de Pintura” awarded by BMW and the Spanish Crown
– they all aim at promoting young art. BMW has been involved for
many years as an associate partner of the Leipzig International Artist
Programme and the young curators’ workshop during the Berlin Biennial.
Whenever the BMW Group engages in culture, it is committed to
guaranteeing absolute freedom of creative potential. This freedom is
just as important for ground-breaking artistic work as it is vital for
innovations in a successful business enterprise.