We take a look back at the iconic BMW art cars
21 July 2012

BMW's Art Cars have provided canvases for top artists since 1975.

The BMW Art Car Collection was kicked off by French racing driver Herve Poulain in 1975 who invited Alexander Calder to "design a car that married artistic excellence to an already perfect object" – in this case the BMW 3.0CSL Le Mans challenger. 

Other high points included the Alexander Calder-designed 3.0CSL from 1975, a 1995 David Hockney BMW 850i, and Jeff Koon’s striking BMW M3 GT2 racer of 2010.

 

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22 July 2012

I read that as Art Drivel. I never saw the point of this art on BMW thing, but I am perhaps a Philistine. Still, a nice opportunity isn't it? BMW, official cars of the London Olympics put on an art exhibition also in London. Anyone would think the whole thing was just one big commercial based junket for those in power, underwritten by the taxpayer.

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24 July 2012

Having been a fan of the Art Car series for many years, it was brilliant to see all 16 of the Art Cars (the 17th isn't actually a car and looks like a giant cocoon, so they didn't bring it) in one place.

Interesting that Alex failed to mention that the display includes the Andy Warhol-painted M1 from 1979 - which is considered to be the most valuable BMW in the world (although personally, I prefer Alexander Calder's 3.0 CSL).

For a free exhibition, it is absolutely fantastic.  Plus it has been kept relatively quiet, so you won't have to battle hordes of punters like you do at Goodwood FoS or Chelsea AutoLegends.  Just don't tell anyone about it...

 

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