• Sep 8, 2006
1976 BMW 3.0 CSL by Frank Stella

A group of BMW Art Cars is headed to Gallery Petronas in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this month for the start of a museum tour that will keep the cars on the road until 2010. The Malaysian display runs from from September 14 to October 22 and includes cars by Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Ken Done. After Malaysia, the cars will head to Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand -- the end of the line for that particular group.

At the same time, Art Cars by Alexander Calder, Matazao Kayama, David Hockney and Jenny Holzer will be making the rounds through Taiwan, China, Russia and Africa. From there, a group of Art Cars (BMW doesn't specify which ones) will go to Turkey and then tour the United States and head back to Europe, where France, Spain and Portugal all have events in the works so far.

We'd love to tell you what the US stops will be but we're guessing they aren't finalized (BMW doesn't give any details). They aren't going to arrive here for quite a while anyway. Regardless, we're looking forward to checking out the exhibit when it does. Significant cars by significant artists? We're there.

(Photos, press release after the jump)

[Source: BMW]

BMW Art Cars - Click any photo to enlarge
Andy Warhol Art Car
1979 BMW M1 Group 4 Race Version by Andy Warhol

Roy Lichtenstein Art Car
1977 BMW 320i Group 5 Racing Version by Roy Lichtenstein

Ken Done Art Car
1989 BMW M3 Group A Racing Version by Ken Done

Matazao Kayama Art Car
1990 BMW 535i by Matazao Kayama

Alexander Calder Art Car
1975 BMW 3.0 CSL by Alexander Calder

David Hockney Art Car
1995 BMW 850 CSi by David Hockney

Jenny Holzer Art Car
1999 BMW V12 LMR by Jenny Holzer


PRESS RELEASE:

THE BMW ART CAR WORLD TOUR KICKS OFF IN KUALA LUMPUR

Malaysia is the first station for the international museum exhibiton about "rolling sculptures"


Munich / Kuala Lumpur. On September 14, 2006, the unique BMW Art Car Collection will start its world tour through international museums worldwide. BMW cars designed by artists like Frank Stella (1976), Roy Lichtenstein (1977), Andy Warhol (1979), und Ken Done (1989) will be presented in the Gallery Petronas in Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia from September 14 until October 22, 2006.

Afterwards the "rolling sculptures" will travel to Singapore, to the Philippines in the Ayala Museum of Manila and the Artsonje Museum in Seoul, Korea. The travel will continue to the Art Gallery New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and the Te Papa Museum Auckland of New Zealand, before India's capital Delhi will firstly be the last stop for Done, Lichtenstein, Stella and Warhol.

In a parallel tour the BMW Art Cars of Alexander Calder (1975), Matazo Kayama (1990), David Hockney (1995), and Jenny Holzer (1999) will be exhibited throughout Taiwan, China, Russia and Africa. Stops are the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, the Long March Space in Beijing, the La Villa des Arts in Casablanca as well as the Central Exhibition Hall Manege in Moscow.

Subsequent to these tours through Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Korea, China, Africa, Russia and India the treasures of the BMW Art Car Collection will be exhibited between 2007 and 2010 in museums in Turkey and the US before they return to Europe. France, Spain and Portugal have started close cooperations with museums.
The BMW Art Car Collection

Since 1975, outstanding artists from all over the world have been designing the BMW automobiles of their era. The 15 exhibits which have thus far been presented in the BMW Art Car Collection include works by well-known artists such as Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, A.R. Penck, David Hockney and Jenny Holzer. The Art Cars reflect the developments in art history with regard to fine art, design and technology and are displayed worldwide in major museums such as the Paris Louvre, the Royal Academy in London, the New York Whitney Museum of Modern Art, Venice's Palazzo Grassi, Sydney's Powerhouse Museum and the Guggenheim Museums of New York and Bilbao. In the future, too, Art Cars will document the fascinating link between art and technology in international exhibitions.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I had a BMW CS 3.0 ...non lightweight,in silver metallic, people would often comment on how beautiful it was and how it had elements of Aston about it...now Im on Porsches and and missing BMW's terribly, so in order to rectify this tradjesty I have decided to get soemthing soon and considering everything from Alpina models to Z8's....all BMW cars are art in my mind, some are a touch modernist, some classicly painted with much finer brush strokes, but all inspire comment, and so these art cars to me partly spoil the effect, some add to the shapes...all draw you in for comment and I guess thats what its all about. I recently saw an MCoupe commisioned by BMW to paint

      http://speedracer.zoofer.com/

      The guy who painted it is apparently very talented, Ill leave it to you to decide.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow they look like Transformers! Nice!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "What urge will save us now that sex won't?" - Wow, I'm surprised that BMW allowed the LeMans car, I guess I'll give them credit. The complete list of phrases on the car is here: http://www.artnet.com/magazine_pre2000/reviews/robinson/robinson6-14-5.asp .

      I guess these phrases are at least a bit less threatening to the company than "[t]he cost of my alignments will bankrupt your family" or "[b]eing a complete asshole is a prerequisite of a BMW dealer."
      • 7 Years Ago
      I´ll take the Cesar Manrique model. Visitors who are interested in this artist and his island - Lanzarote - can find out more at http://www.lanzaroteguidebook.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      wow, those are some seriously unique looking cars :P
      • 8 Years Ago
      wow, it's really cool...i've seen the bmw art cars in the exihibition in malaysia
      • 8 Years Ago
      They regularly display one or two of the art cars at the BMW Zentrum here in South Carolina.