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BMW INDIVIDUAL 7 SERIES
BY ESTHER MAHLANGU.

BMW Individual 7 Series by Esther Mahlangu.

Upon Frieze Art Fair, BMW Individual and Esther Mahlangu have collaborated to create a unique BMW 7 Series, 25 years after she created a BMW Art Car which was the first to be signed by a woman.
The one-of-a-kind automobile that forms an extraordinary relationship between craftsmanship and Ndebele art, was offered for silent auction starting as of

5 September until the end of Frieze Art Fair.
Following the successful auction, BMW will make a charitable donation to The Art Room, a UK charity jointly chosen by Frieze and BMW.
 

Esther Mahlangu.

The BMW Individual 7 Series by Esther Mahlangu.
The BMW Individual 7 Series by Esther Mahlangu.
Learn more about Esther Mahlangu, her culture and special relationship to BMW.
The famous South African artist Esther Mahlangu was born a member of the Ndebele tribe in 1935 in 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.

BMW Individual.

In collaboration with the BMW Individual Manufaktur, Mahlangu transformed a luxury saloon into a dynamic and unique work of art by painting her characteristic and ornamental motifs on the real wood interior trims. BMW Individual Manufaktur developed a special white-coloured fine-wood trim to be painted with Esther’s images before sealing them to ensure their longevity and installing them within the equally remarkable vehicle.
The car itself is a right-hand drive vehicle, with an array of equipment from the BMW Individual Collection, in addition to the unique features incorporated by Esther Mahlangu and BMW Individual Manufaktur. The exterior bodywork is finished in BMW Individual Pure metal Silver, a first for the UK, while the wheels feature 20-inch BMW Individual light alloy design.
The prestigious BMW 740Li is powered by an in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which creates 240 kW/326 hp (combined fuel consumption: 40.4 mpg; combined CO2 emissions: 164 g/km) and maximum torque of 450 Nm. The dynamic saloon sprints from 0 to 62mph in just 5.6 seconds; top speed is limited to 155mph. The BMW 740Li features an 8-speed Steptronic transmission and has the lowest vehicle weight in its segment.
* Please note that this vehicle is ECE registrated and therefore unable to be registered in the United States.

Frieze Art Fair.

BMW has been a partner of Frieze Art Fair in London since 2004, one of the most important fairs of contemporary art worldwide. The BMW Individual 7 Series by Esther Mahlangu was unveiled at the BMW 7 Series Lounge on 5 October 2016. Further artwork by the South African artist was also on display providing an insight into her creative work.

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