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35 years of painted racing machines…

from BMW

The concept for the BMW art cars was introduced by Hervé Poulain, an auctioneer and ardent racing driver from France. Poulain was searching for a link between art and cars and he asked his friend and renowned artist Alexander Calder to paint a rolling canvas on the BMW 3.0 CSL that he would race in the 1975 Le Mans endurance race. Poulain’s 3.0 CSL was the first car to create a symbiosis between the world of art and the world of motorsport. Prompted by enormous enthusiasm for this work of art on wheels, BMW then decided to put its brilliant idea of establishing the Art Car Collection into practice.


the artists: Alexander Calder 1975Frank Stella 1976Roy Lichtenstein 1977Andy Warhol 1979Ernst Fuchs 1982R. Rauschenberg 1986M.J. Nelson 1989Ken Done 1989Matazo Kayama 1990Cesar Manrique 1990A.R. Penck 1991Esther Mahlangu 1991Sandro Chia 1992David Hockney 1995Jenny Holzer 1999Olafur Eliasson 2007Robin Rhode 2009Jeff Koons 2010

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