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Rolls-Royce is launching ‘Muse’ – an initiative to support emerging and mid-career artists to create video, animation, immersive installations and virtual reality and augmented works. The Biennial Dream Commission, presented in partnership with London’s Serpentine Galleries and the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, seeks to “foster a legacy of invention” and “encourage artists to expand the limits of the imaginable”.

Encourage artists to expand the limits of the imaginable

The Biennial Dream Commission

Experts from the international art world will nominate the shortlisted artists in a two-phase process. The expert jury of curators, artists and museum directors will first select a shortlist of four artists from the nominations, each of which will be invited to submit a short presentation.

Based on these works, the jury will select the final winner to then create the Dream Commission work. As the two-year process concludes, the cycle will begin again. The plan is for the jury to view short works by the selected artists in mid-2020 and for the inaugural Dream Commission to will be unveiled the following year.

The winning commission, selected from a shortlist nominated by committee of curators, museum directors and artists including Beijing-based Cao Fei, is due to be unveiled in 2021.

The Dream Commission is the flagship initiative of Muse, the company’s new vision for its five-year-old arts programme. As part of Muse, Rolls-Royce is also launching its Spirit of Ecstasy Challenge, which invites artists, industrial designers, architects, fashion designers and craftspeople to reimagine Rolls-Royce’s distinctive bonnet ornament designed by the British sculptor Charles Robinson Sykes. The designs will be revealed in 2020.

Artists previously commissioned for the Rolls-Royce Art Programme include Julien, Tomás Saraceno and Yang Fudong.