BMW Group India presented the
10th BMW Art Car created by internationally celebrated artist César Manrique at
the India Art Fair 2016. César Manrique created the 10th Art Car for BMW in
1990 with the BMW 730i.
The BMW Art Cars or the
‘Rolling Sculptures’ are original masterpieces of art that demonstrate an
individual synthesis of artistic expression and automobile design. Since 1975,
17 prominent artists from across the world have created Art Cars on the basis
of contemporary BMW automobiles of their times, all offering a wide range of
The 10th BMW Art Car César Manrique 1990 BMW 730i was
exclusively unveiled at India Art Fair by Philipp von Sahr, President – BMW
Group India, Dr. Thomas Girst, Head Cultural Engagement – BMW Group and Ms.
Neha Kripal, Founding Director – India Art Fair. The BMW Art Car will be
exhibited from January 28 to 31, 2016 at India Art Fair in New Delhi.
Philipp von Sahr, President,
BMW Group India said, “Since its inception, BMW India has been committed to the
world of art and culture in the country. The BMW Art Cars are an indispensable
component and a core platform of our cultural engagement. They are unique
creations combining automobiles, technology, design and art. The artistic
expressions of the ‘Rolling Sculptors’ symbolize the pioneering spirit of BMW
Group that challenges the imagination of creative minds across the world. We
are very excited to present the 10th BMW Art Car by César Manrique here amidst
the best Indian art installations at the India Art Fair.”
BMW Art Car Collection
For over 40 years, BMW Art Car
Collection has fascinated art and design enthusiasts as well as lovers of cars
and technology with its unique combination of fine art and innovative
automobile technology. Several cars from BMW Art Car Collection are usually on
display at the BMW Museum in Munich, the home of BMW Art Cars, as part of its
permanent collection. The remaining BMW Art Cars travel the globe – to art
fairs as well as exhibitions.
The BMW Art Car collection was
born 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
competed in 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1975, where it quickly became the crowd’s
favourite. Since then, 17 international artists have designed BMW models, among
them some of the most renowned artists of our time: Alexander Calder (BMW 3.0
CSL, 1975), Frank Stella (BMW 3.0 CSL, 1976), Roy Lichtenstein (BMW 320 Group
5, 1977), Andy Warhol (BMW M1 Group 4, 1979), Ernst Fuchs (BMW 635CSi, 1982),
Robert Rauschenberg (BMW 635CSi, 1986), Michael Jagamara Nelson (BMW M3 Group
A, 1989), Ken Done (BMW M3 Group A, 1989), Matazo Kayama (BMW 535i, 1990),
César Manrique (BMW 730i, 1990), A. R. Penck (BMW Z1, 1991), Esther Mahlangu
(BMW 525i, 1991), Sandro Chia (BMW M3 GTR, 1992), David Hockney (BMW 850CSi,
1995), Jenny Holzer (BMW V12 LMR, 1999), Ólafur Eliasson (BMW H2R, 2007) and
Jeff Koons (BMW M3 GT2, 2010).
On November 19, 2015, at the
celebration of the 40th anniversary of BMW Art Cars at Guggenheim Museum in New
York, a jury of distinguished museum directors and curators chose two
internationally renowned artists to design one BMW Art Car each. Chinese artist
Cao Fei and American artist John Baldessari both will separately create the
next BMW Art Cars in 2017 with the BMW M6 GT3.The BMW Art Car Collection is by
no means complete as it stands. The number of exhibits will continue to grow
adding artistic expressions to the collection.
Source: BMW India
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