The BMW Art Collection will be coming to the UK for the first time. Running from the 21st July to the 4th August ‘Art Drive! The BMW Art Car Collection’ is part of the London 2012 Festival and will be based in a landmark car-park in Shoreditch.
Art Drive! will show cars by 16 international artists over six floors in the NCP Car Park on Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch.
The collection, initiated over 35 years ago, features BMW cars transformed by some of the world’s leading artists including: Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Ernst Fuchs, Robert Rauschenberg, M.J Nelson, Ken Done, Matazo Kayama, Cesar Manrique, Jeff Koons, A.R Penck, Esher Mahlangu, Sandro Chia, Jenny Holzer and David Hockney.
The BMW Art Car Collection started when French racing driver and auctioneer Hervé Poulain invited his friend Alexander Calder to design a car that married artistic excellence to ‘an already perfect object’. The end result was a racing car that would ultimately compete in the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1975. And so the BMW Art Car was born. Since then some of the greatest names in contemporary art have added to the collection creating a wide range of artistic interpretations.
Including these beauties: