Cultural commitment has always been an integral part of our corporate culture, with hundreds of initiatives worldwide. With BMW Contemporary, we are now introducing a highly exclusive initiative by BMW Group Middle East that was designed to strengthen the intercultural dialogue and to create a platform for multidisciplinary exchange. Creativity knows no boundaries - we hope that the artists presented by BMW Contemporary will spark your curiosity and imagination. Enjoy!

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    With a focus on its cultural commitment to modern and contemporary art, jazz and classical music as well as architecture and design, the BMW Group's rich tradition continues to reflect its engineering and innovation.

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    A destination called art.
    The journey to art is as important as the art itself. Discover the meaning of art, and the process in which it is conceived, and then realised.

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    BMW as inspiration.
    The 1975 BMW Art Car brought together the worlds of art, car design and racing for the first time. In celebration of BMW Art Cars, some of the world’s most famous artists – from Hockney and Lichtenstein to Warhol and Holzer – give their interpretations that are as unique as the cars themselves.


Ali Khadra, who was born in Abu Dhabi (UAE) in 1970, studied hotel management in Switzerland before turning his life-long passions for art and publishing into a profession. A keen collector of contemporary art, he founded the boutique publishing house Mixed Media Publishing in 2003 and launched its flagship title, Canvas. As the premier magazine for art and culture from the Middle East and Arab world, Canvas is a major catalyst on the global art scene and is now complemented by Sorbet, a themed quarterly exploring the interface of culture, lifestyle, fashion and affluence. Khadra is a regional consultant for Christie's, a patron of Tate Modern and sits on the committees of various art organisations, including Prix Pictet, the Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Nuqat, the Beirut Art Residency and the V&A's Jameel Prize.