MIL-OSI Translation: The BMW i8 as an automobile sculpture: an artistic experiment by Thomas Scheibitz. Premiere in the artist’s Berlin studio.

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Source: BMW Group Berlin. The internationally renowned painter and sculptor Thomas Scheibitz has redesigned his BMW i8 in dialogue with his longtime good friend Bernd Heusinger. This is neither a contract work for BMW nor a BMW Art Car, but an independently initiated form and color experiment. The resulting car sculpture was first presented to the public in Scheibitz’s Berlin studio on May 18. For the artist, born in Radeberg near Dresden in 1968, the surfaces and colors of his sculptures play a special role. Thus, for him, line, contour and volume must exist within the “known magnitudes of the real world”. Industrial design is Scheibitz’s great counterpart and equally inspiration. For the artist, sports cars are sculpted sculptures, moving results of the synthesis of technology and creativity. About his experiment Automotive sculpture “Scheibitz x Haysinger” Thomas Scheibitz says: “Contentual radicality is a question of form. Classical sculptural questions such as visual axes, detailed views, spatial points of view, relief characteristics, symmetry and resolved symmetry and illusion have been the starting point for my design of the bodywork of a modern vehicle. “Thomas Scheibitz is known for creating new contexts through playing with set pieces and references in often brightly colored paintings and sculptures. The color versions, which he applies stylistic elements to the design of the BMW i8, are consistently integrated into the open oeuvre of the artist as a pictorial order. Whereby the dynamics of the line play, so to speak, with the forward-looking surface shape of the body. Scheibitz goes even further by visually engaging the innovative carbon structure of the vehicle with the fabric structure of a classic canvas. Scheibitz once said of his work “the greatest precision with the utmost openness”, which also applies to the design of the automobile sculpture. The starting point for his reflections on the automobile sculpture was a small-format painting by Thomas Scheibitz from 2017, of which scanned and enlarged fragments were created Scheibitz has been working on the hybrid sports car for several years now, in line with his work process of examinations and stratifications. In 2016, he created the vinyl sculpture “Holy Motors” tubular sculpture, exhibited in the rear window of the BMW i8. This work was also developed in a friendly dialogue with Bernd Heusinger, author, director and founder of the “Zum goldenen Hirschen” agency and CEO of the Hirschen Group.

For Thomas Scheibitz, who teaches as a professor at the Düsseldorf Art Academy since 2018, pictorial questions on painting and sculpture have received equal attention. After a retrospective at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, the Galerie Sprüth Magers showed “The Hunter in the Snow” in 2018 numerous paintings and sculptures by the artist in Los Angeles. From September 11, 2019 to January 31, 2020, the National Gallery of the Berlin State Museums presents a special exhibition of the Museum Berggruen “Picasso / Scheibitz”, each with over 40 works by the two artists.For more information on Thomas Scheibitz and Bernd Heusinger, see: Thomas Scheibitz www.thomasscheibitz.de; www.spruethmagers.com/artists/thomas_scheibitzBernd Heusingerwww.twitter.com/berndheusinger, www.hirschen-group.comHigh-res images, clips and footage for download can be found in the BMW PressClub (search term: “Thomas Scheibitz”) at: www. press.bmwgroup.com

BMW i8 Coupé: combined fuel consumption 1.8 l / 100 km; Electricity consumption combined 14.0 kWh / 100 km; CO2 emissions combined 42 g / km

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