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81-year-old Esther Mahlangu Slays with the BMW Art Car

Art October 31 2016

Esther Mahlangu X BMW Group recently teamed up and created a one-of-a-kind ride called the – BMW Art Car. We’re loving it. You will too.

No one is as incredible as 81-year-old ZA-artist Esther Mahlangu – and renowned brands are taking note. Everyone wants a piece of Mahlangu’s Ndebele art, what’s not to love about Ndebele culture? She’s already put her signature stamp on everything from a – vodka bottle for Belvedere (in collab with John Legend for a HIV-Campaign) to pimping a pair of sneakers for Etsy. And she won’t (….shouldn’t!) stop at that.

Esther Mahlangu, All images Copyright © 2016 BMW Group

Esther Mahlangu, All images Copyright © 2016 BMW Group

BMW recently joined forces with her (again!) and commissioned Mahlangu to once again, turn a luxury sedan into a swag one-of-a-kind piece of art on wheels. The result was just as magical as it was back in 1991, except this time, her art embellished the interior trims. The team up has proven to be one of the greatest collabs to date.

Interior Detail All images Copyright © 2016 BMW Group

Interior Detail All images Copyright © 2016 BMW Group

In BMW’s latest Individual 7 Series the ‘BMW Art Car’ by Mahlangu is showcased in its full glory.

Watch the video above and get inspired by the mother of art.

No wonder she’s a global success slaying her way through life, forever an inspiration.

All images Copyright © 2016 BMW Group

All images Copyright © 2016 BMW Group

All images Copyright © 2016 BMW Group


The Mahlangu Art Car was exhibited at the Frieze Art Fair in London (5- 9 October 2016) sold by silent auction, the proceeds went to the “Art Room” project, which supports children aged five to 16 in their development using art as a medium.

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