BMW art cars visit LA

Written by Super User | Wednesday, 11 February 2009 21:27

The BMW art cars have been on the move around the globe since 2006. They have been exhibited in Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Australia, India, Taiwan, China, Russia, Africa and the Philippines. Now though, they will hit American shores to be displayed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from February 12- February 24. The BMW art cars are revered all around the world and have been displayed in many prestigious galleries and museums.

Four BMW Art Cars, designed by Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol, will be on display in the BP Grand Entrance for two weeks, February 12-February 24.

After their stop at LACMA the Art Cars will travel to New York, then Mexico. Rare, behind-the-scenes footage of the four cars will also be on display. The videos reveal a young Warhol constructing his car, and Frank Stella and Robert Rauschenberg discussing their inspirations and influences.

The BMW Art Car Project was originally conceived by the French racecar driver Hervé Poulain, who in 1975 commissioned American artist Alexander Calder to paint his BMW racing car. Since then, prominent artists throughout the world have joined the cast of Calder, Stella, Warhol, Lichtenstein and Rauschenberg, and have designed sixteen BMW Art Cars, based on both racing and production vehicles.

The most recent contributors to the BMW Art Car program are David Hockney (1995), Jenny Holzer (1999), and Olafur Eliasson (2007). New artists are chosen by a panel of international judges, and BMW is currently in discussions for the development of the seventeenth art car. In 2010 the cars will return to BMW's own museum in Germany. So, go and see it now if you don't fancy a trip to Bavaria and be surrounded by large pints of beer, beer-bellies and pretzels.

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