BMW Art Car Collection Celebrates 40 Years


The BMW Art Car Collection is celebrating its 40th anniversary in style.

Since 1975, BMW Art Cars have been showcased worldwide, ever since a BMW 3.0 CSL painted by Alexander Calder took to the starting line at the Le Mans 24 hour race.

Making the BMW Art Car Collection a reality was French race car driver and art enthusiast, Hervé Poulain. Poulain, along with Calder and Jochen Neerpasch, then BMW Motorsport Director, the first BMW Art Car was created. In the past 40 years, numerous BMW Art Cars have been created including unique works from artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney and Jeff Koons.

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The special anniversary celebrations kicked off with exhibitions in Hong Kong, at the Centre Pompidou, the BMW Museum and the Concorso d’Eleganza at Lake Como. Further presentations are scheduled to appear this year in New York, Miami and Shanghai.

“The BMW Art Cars provide an exciting landmark at the interface where cars, technology, design, art and motor sport meet,” reflects Maximilian Schöberl, Senior Vice President, Corporate and Governmental Affairs, BMW Group. “The 40-year history of our ‘rolling sculptures’ is as unique as the artists who created them. The BMW Art Cars are an essential element and core characteristic of our global cultural engagement.”

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