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Gallery: BMW’s Art Cars in London

  1. BMW’s Art Car project started in 1975, when French auctioneer and racing fan Herve Poulain wanted to combine his love of racing and art in one. Since then, the likes of Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Jenny Holzer, Frank Stella and most recently Jeff Koons have all done their thing on various BM’s. We never got past GCSE art, but we do know that BMW’s Art Cars are better efforts than these from Jeremy, James and Richard

    Even so, when BMW flew their amazing Art Cars over from Germany and placed them over six floors of a public car park in the hipster-haven of Shoreditch, East London, we had to see them. We even took a few photos while we were there, just so you can tilt your head sideways, readjust the focus of your spectacles and pretend to be a proper la-di-dah art critic. So let us know what you think of the ‘exhibits’ below. 

    WARNING: From here on in contains quotes from artists. Strap on your brain.

    Pictures: Rowan Horncastle

  2. Jeff Koons, 2010

    “These racing cars are like life, they are bursting with power. My design is meant to represent the energy of the BMW M3 GT2” - Jeff Koons

  3. A.R Penck, 1991

    “Art on art, art on technology - I was interested in that - especially art on a three-dimensional object. I was also interested in getting to grips with the technical design.” - A. R. Penck

  4. A.R Penck, 1991

    “Art on art, art on technology - I was interested in that - especially art on a three-dimensional object. I was also interested in getting to grips with the technical design.” - A. R. Penck

  5. Sandro Chia, 1992

    “You can see the beauty of the car and yourself reflected in the surface. It is an interchange of beauty” - Sandro Chia

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    Sandro Chia, 1992

    “You can see the beauty of the car and yourself reflected in the surface. It is an interchange of beauty” - Sandro Chia

  7. Michael Jagamara Nelson, 1989

    “The car is a landscape like you’d see from a plane - I included the water, the kagaroo and the opossum” - Michael Jagamara Nelson

  8. Michael Jagamara Nelson, 1989

    “The car is a landscape like you’d see from a plane - I included the water, the kagaroo and the opossum” - Michael Jagamara Nelson

  9. Andy Warhol, 1979

    “I love that car. It has turned out better than the artwork” – Andy Warhol 

  10. Andy Warhol, 1979

    “I love that car. It has turned out better than the artwork” – Andy Warhol

  11. Esther Mahlangu, 1991

    “The patterns I used in the BMW design bring together our heritage and the modernity of the car” ¬¬- Esther Mahlangu

  12. Esther Mahlangu, 1991

    “The patterns I used in the BMW design bring together our heritage and the modernity of the car” ¬¬- Esther Mahlangu

  13. Frank Stella, 1976

    “My design is like a blueprint transferred onto the body” - Frank Stella

  14. Frank Stella, 1976

    “My design is like a blueprint transferred onto the body” - Frank Stella

  15. Robert Rauschenberg, 1986

    “Taking the first step was extremely difficult. It was like being alone in a room with a beautiful virgin” - Robert Rauschenberg

  16. Robert Rauschenberg, 1986

    “Taking the first step was extremely difficult. It was like being alone in a room with a beautiful virgin” - Robert Rauschenberg

  17. Matazo Kayama, 1990

    “I became most aware of the clear lines of the BMW once the car was completely covered with the colourful design” - Matazo Kayama

  18. Matazo Kayama, 1990

    “I became most aware of the clear lines of the BMW once the car was completely covered with the colourful design” - Matazo Kayama

  19. Ken Done, 1989

    “I wanted the car to look like it was moving even when stationary” - Ken Done

  20. Ken Done, 1989

    “I wanted the car to look like it was moving even when stationary” - Ken Done

  21. Cesar Manrique, 1990

    “When I think of speed, I immediately think of butterflies and dragonflies” - Cesar Manrique

  22. Cesar Manrique, 1990

    “When I think of speed, I immediately think of butterflies and dragonflies” - Cesar Manrique 

  23. Ernst Fuchs

    “The perception of speed as you whizz by - the longing to transcend time and space, all this inspired while I painted the BMW coupe” - Ernst Fuchs 

  24. Ernst Fuchs

    “The perception of speed as you whizz by - the longing to transcend time and space, all this inspired while I painted the BMW coupe” - Ernst Fuchs

  25. Jenny Holzer, 1999

    “The intoxication of motorized speed appears to be every bit as strong as sexual fulfillment” - Jenny Holzer

  26. Jenny Holzer, 1999

    “The intoxication of motorized speed appears to be every bit as strong as sexual fulfillment” - Jenny Holzer

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    Frank Stella, 1976

    “My design is like a blueprint transferred onto the body” – Frank Stella

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    Alexander Calder, 1975

    “I am crazy about beauty and speed” – Herve Poulain

  29. Alexander Calder, 1975

    “I am crazy about beauty and speed” – Herve Poulain

  30. Roy Lichtenstein, 1977

    “I wanted the lines I painted to be a depiction of the road showing the car where to go” - Roy Lichtenstein

  31. Roy Lichtenstein, 1977

    “I wanted the lines I painted to be a depiction of the road showing the car where to go” - Roy Lichtenstein

  32. David Hockney, 1995

    “The car has wonderful lines, which I followed. I toyed a little with breaking up the surface with affecting the overall shape” - David Hockney

  33. David Hockney, 1995

    “The car has wonderful lines, which I followed. I toyed a little with breaking up the surface with affecting the overall shape” - David Hockney

  34. Photos: Rowan Horncastle

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