The legendary BMW Art Cars by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons and many more in one book.
For over 40 years, the BMW Art Car Collection has fascinated the art & car world with its combination of fine art and innovative automobile technology. These “rolling sculptures” offer a wide range of artistic interpretations. Now the collection has its own first comprehensive publication – a richly illustrated book presenting a unique overview of the history of this automotive collection launched in 1975, and designed by major modern and contemporary artists.
The BMW Group and publisher Hatje Cantz present various portraits and interviews providing an insight into the creative processes while giving a descriptive account of the historical development of the collection.
The collection first started when French race car driver and art aficionado Hervé Poulain, together with Jochen Neerpasch, then BMW Motorsport Director, asked his artist friend Alexander Calder to design an automobile. The result was a BMW 3.0 CSL which in 1975 competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it quickly became the crowd’s favourite: the birth of the BMW Art Car Collection.
Since then 17 international artists have designed BMW models, among them some of the most renowned artists of our time: Alexander Calder (1975), Frank Stella (1976), Roy Lichtenstein (1977), Andy Warhol (1979), Ernst Fuchs (1982), Robert Rauschenberg (1986), Michael Jagamara Nelson (1989), Ken Done (1989), Matazo Kayama (1990), César Manrique (1990), A. R. Penck (1991), Esther Mahlangu (1991), Sandro Chia (1992), David Hockney (1995), Jenny Holzer (1999), Olafur Eliasson (2007), Jeff Koons (2010).
When David Hockney created his Art Car in 1995, he painted the inside of the car on the outside, revealing everything from internal engine parts to a dog in the back. Roy Lichtenstein on the other hand depicted the outer world on his car, from the sun to the tarmac. Robert Rauschenberg incorporated photographic transfers of classical paintings while Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons used the canvas of the car to portray the essence of speed.
The BMW Art Car book is featuring 200 pages and 148 images. Its cover was created by Jeff Koons. The publication includes a wide range of significant articles by international experts and art historians. The co-founders of the Art Car series, Hervé Poulain and Jochen Neerpasch, are also having their say.