Vahakn Arslanian Exhibition Opened in New York City
April 5th – May 3rd

We are proud to announce that the exhibition by Maybach Foundation protégé Vahakn Arslanian, entitled Holy, Heavenly, opened successfully in New York City on April 5th, 2012 at 126 Leroy Street, in the West Village of New York City. The exhibition was jointly sponsored by the Maybach Foundation, Maybach Manufaktur and Vito Schnabel. The Spring 2012 exhibition featured five major large-scale art works created during the mentorship and a number of smaller works from previous years. One of the pieces was a solid titanium fan assembly from a jet engine acquired with the help of the Maybach Foundation. Thank you for supporting Vahakn and the Maybach Foundation.



Coinciding with the Venice Biennale 2011, and in concert with the values of Wilhelm and Karl Maybach, in searching for new avenues for creativity, Maybach has founded a new art mentoring program. The first phase of this project is a collaboration between Julian Schnabel and Vahakn Arslanian, a 36-year-old New York-based artist. They have taken a Maybach Guard Car that has been shot with high powered rifles and reconstructed it into a poem the opens it up to a new world of surprising possibilities.

'The Ones You Didn't Write – The Maybach Car' was installed on the Grand Canal in front of the Palazzo Polignac standing on a floating pontoon as part of the June 2011 Venice Biennale.


Self taught Arslanian, who was born in Belgium and grew up in New York, has been included in many groups and solo exhibitions including showings at the Andrew Edlin Gallery, Maccarone Gallery in New York, and Scream Gallery in London. Among his most recent works is "Mr. Big Ben", a collection of drawings on layered paper collages which show subjects such as birds, candles, underground trains and airplanes. They are set into discarded window frames with pieces of broken glass that are soldered together.

He was just five years old when he first met Julian Schnabel during a visit to his open-air studio in Amagansett, New York. Sharing their shards of artistic understanding, Julian Schnabel and Vahakn Arslanian have developed a special way of communicating with each other.

Current Events
From August 24th to September 2nd, Maybach Foundation protégé Vahakn Arslanian exhibited some of his artwork at the 2011 St. Moritz Art Masters event. This prestigious event showcases what are arguably some of the world's greatest current artistic geniuses set amongst an idyllic Swiss mountain backdrop. Vahakn, mentored by renowned artist Julian Schnabel, presented a group of drawings set into discarded airplane window frames at Church St. Karl. These poignant pieces were well received by those in attendance, and were indicative of the raw talent Vahakn possesses as an artist. The Maybach Foundation is pleased to include Vahakn Arslanian in its ranks of extraordinarily talented protégés, and looks forward to the fostering and documenting the mentorship between these two talented individuals.

For more information about the Maybach Mentoring Programme with Vahakn Arslanian visit Maybach Manufaktur Special
For more information about the St. Moritz Art Masters, please visit  St. Moritz Art Masters in August 2011

Vahakn is also scheduled to participate at Foundation and Maybach Brand events in 2011-2012, including a presentation at the COE in September 2012.

Vahakn Arslanian

Biography and Education

1975     Born in Antwerp

1976     Moved to New York City

1983-95     Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf, Mill Neck, New York

1988     First exhibition, Songs for Children, benefit for children with AIDS, New York

1994-95     Miscellaneous courses at The New School and SVA, New York

2011/2012     Protégé of Julian Schnabel in the context of the Maybach Mentoring Programme
Project Components

Exhibition planning and execution Networking opportunities Coaching on development of concrete objectives enabling the protégé to achieve his individual goals Catalogue preparation/experience Community service activities.