BMW Art Cars for Auckland Show

AutoTrader NZ
Published 9 March 2020

The cars, decorated with schemes designed by famous American artists, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella and Australian Ken Done, will be on show in an exhibition at Auckland Museum’s new Events Centre under the dome from July 18 till August 12.

The BMW Art Car story began in 1975 when auctioneer and racing driver Herve Poulain asked his friend, American artist Alexander Calder to give his BMW 3.0 CSL sports racing car a distinctive look for the 24-hour Le Mans race.

The result was so enthusiastically received that BMW decided to continue the experiment and subsequently Frank Stella, Roy Liechtenstein and Andy Warhol designed the artwork for BMW cars competing in the 24-hour Le Mans race.

Since 1975, prominent artists from throughout the world have designed BMW automobiles of their times, all making extremely different artistic statements.

The current BMW Art Car collection of 15 cars tours the world and has visited such prominent museums as the Louvre and Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, the Royal Academy of London and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

During the current tour, which began in Malaysia last year, the four cars that will come to New Zealand have been exhibited in Singapore, the Philippines, Korea and Australia. They’re on show at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art next month.

After Auckland, the cars will move to India, before returning to Europe.