Timeline

BMW Art Cars: 1975 – 2010

The BMW Art Car Project was introduced by the French racecar driver and auctioneer Hervé Poulain, who wanted to invite an artist to create a canvas on an automobile. In 1975, Poulain commissioned American artist and friend Alexander Calder to paint the first BMW Art Car. This first example would be a BMW 3.0 CSL which Poulain himself would race in the 1975 Le Mans endurance race. Since Calder’s work of art, many other renowned artists throughout the world have created BMW Art Cars.

Artist

Country

Year

Car

01 Alexander Calder USA 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL
02 Frank Stella USA 1976 BMW 3.0 CSL
03 Roy Lichtenstein USA 1977 BMW 320i Group 5 Race Version
04 Andy Warhol USA 1979 BMW M1 Group 4 Race Version
05 Ernst Fuchs Austria 1982 BMW 635 CSi
06 Robert Rauschenberg USA 1986 BMW 635 CSi
07 Michael Jagamara Nelson Australia 1989 BMW M3 Group A Race Version
08 Ken Done Australia 1989 BMW M3 Group A Race Version
09 Matazo Kayama Japan 1990 BMW 535i
10 César Manrique Spain 1990 BMW 730i
11 A. R. Penck Germany 1991 BMW Z1
12 Esther Mahlangu South Africa 1991 BMW 525i
13 Sandro Chia Italy 1992 BMW 3-Series Racing Prototype
14 David Hockney Great Britain 1995 BMW 850 CSi
15 Jenny Holzer USA 1999 BMW V12 LMR
16 Olafur Eliasson Denmark 2007 BMW H2R Project
17 Jeff Koons USA 2010 BMW M3 GT2

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