There's no lack of automobiles created to date that you might categorize as rolling sculptures. Maybach's limousines may not be one of them, but the top-tier Daimler marque would like that to change, and to that end has sponsored a cooperative sculpture initiative.
The program revolves around the work of one Julian Schnabel, an American artist and filmmaker. The arrangement was announced during Art Basel week in Miami – the same location where Tesla unveiled its art car – and where Schnabel unveiled a piece entitled "Queequeq – The Maybach Sculpture" and auctioned off several of his works to benefit relief efforts still underway in Haiti. The sculpture is inspired by Moby Dick and named after the harpoon-thrower in the classic Melville novel.
Schnabel has also directed a film about Maybach, and an artistic development initiative will be undertaken by the artist and the automaker to mentor up-and-coming talent, while Maybach also announced a partnership with the Louvre in Paris whereby a rotating exhibit of sculptures will be displayed in the museum's glass pyramid. Follow the jump for all the details in the press release, and take a closer look at the Queequeq sculpture – which at 3,280 pounds weighs nearly as much as a Maybach itself – in the high-resolution image gallery below.
Maybach presents "Queequeq": A new sculpture by American artist Julian Schnabel during Art Basel
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- Announcement of two-year partnership between Maybach and Julian Schnabel including artist mentorship program
- The Stuttgart-based manufacturer of luxury automobiles continues to expand its engagement for contemporary art with partnership with Musée du Louvre in Paris
- Miami/Stuttgart – Luxury automobile manufacturer Maybach and Julian Schnabel, renowned painter, sculptor and filmmaker, are sharing a common path as they kick off a two-year partnership during Art Basel Miami Beach with the world premiere of "Queequeq – The Maybach Sculpture."
Consisting of two parts, it is 483 centimeters (190 inches) high, 170 cm (67 inches) wide, and 142 cm (56 inches) deep and has a weight of 1,488 kilograms (3,280 lbs.). Both parts are of cast bronze with patina over stainless steel armatures. With its dimensions, "Queequeq – The Maybach Sculpture" imbues strength and surprises with fluidity and lightness. Its name draws from the character of the harpooneer in Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick. The sculpture is to reside within the comprehensive Daimler Art Collection – as is customary of all art co-operations of the Maybach brand.
Over the next two years, Julian Schnabel and Maybach are engaging in a multitude of initiatives. As did photographer David LaChapelle in 2009, Julian Schnabel is participating with the Wilhelm & Karl Maybach Foundation and its mentoring program, which identifies and supports young high-talented individuals including artists with great potential in their field. Schnabel also made a short film documenting the Maybach brand.
"The quest for perfection and uniqueness is the essence of the Maybach brand. The Maybach Foundation's concept of mentoring also carries great significance, as I have always felt it was important to support and promote young, talented artists. And older artists should encourage younger ones. This is something that can be fun, useful and important," said Julian Schnabel, who is for the first time joining in a cooperative effort with a corporation.
Maybach supports Julian Schnabel's humanitarian efforts, artistic and social projects
An exclusive "Maybach Night" to honor Julian Schnabel and his humanitarian and social engagements will be held on December 2, and includes the presentation of the Maybach sculpture. A highlight of this evening event is a major charity auction of five Julian Schnabel works to benefit the J/P HRO (J/P Haitian Relief Organisation) Foundation, which was established by Schnabel's long-time friend, American actor Sean Penn. As host, Maybach is enabling this auction with support from the Beyeler Fondation and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. The proceeds will go toward rapid and effective aid for Haiti and support a village of 50,000. Another highlight of the night will be a special screening of Schnabel's latest film MIRAL, which opens March 25, 2011 in the United States. MIRAL tells the story of a young girl growing up in a landscape of conflict.
Throughout 2011 the Maybach sculpture will be shown at significant exhibitions of Schnabel's works, including the Venice Biennale in the Piazza San Marco at the Museo Correr and MOCA in Los Angeles as part of a Julian Schnabel retrospective, which will be announced for the first time during "Maybach Night" by MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch in Miami. The planned retrospective of the artist's works is long overdue.
Julian Schnabel's works have been exhibited around the globe, and are part of the permanent collections of the world's most significant museums. Along with painting and sculpture, his wide-ranging activities include film, photography, architecture, interior design and music.
"We are very happy to partner with this great artist. The partnership with Julian Schnabel and Maybach is significant based on our shared principles. It also marks the first engagement on behalf of a brand within his brilliant career. This truly showcases our long term commitment and ongoing support for contemporary art," said Patrick Marinoff, Global Brand Manager Maybach.
Maybach establishes partnership with the Louvre
As of 2011, Maybach is also the first and exclusive automotive partner of the world-famous Louvre Museum in Paris supporting contemporary art installations beneath the glass pyramid. In the next three years, the central pillar under the famed pyramid will showcase a rotating series of sculptures by internationally known, Maybach-supported contemporary artists and sculptors. This is the first time since the pyramid was built in 1989 that this area in the Louvre's entrance is being used for presentations of works of art. The Louvre is expanding its contemporary art program through cooperative efforts with the Stuttgart-based luxury brand. The first rotating installation begins with a sculpture by English artist Tony Cragg, on display from January to October 2011.
Comprehensive engagement for top-class contemporary art
In the past five years, Maybach has established itself internationally in the world of contemporary art and has focused efforts in supporting well-known artists and projects, art institutions and museums. In 2005, Maybach supported the artistic duo of Christo and Jeanne-Claude with their spectacular project "The Gates" in New York's Central Park. In 2009, the luxury brand cooperated with the photographer David LaChapelle. Maybach's support of renowned institutions in the art world encompasses partnerships with the Beyeler Fondation in Switzerland, and, as of 2011, the Louvre in Paris. Beyond these efforts, Maybach is regularly present at significant art events such as the St. Moritz Art Masters. Maybach's efforts also include the coupling of art and social engagement in keeping with the mentoring principles of the Wilhelm & Karl Maybach Foundation.