BMW Art Cars

07 | Michael Jagamara Nelson

BMW Art Car: 1989 BMW M3 Group A Race Version

BMW Art Car: 1989 BMW M3 Group A Race Version All good things take time. In just seven days the Australian artist Michael Jagamara Nelson transformed a black BMW M3 into a masterpiece of Papunya art. Nelson learned this ancient method of painting from his grandfather and was awarded the national prize for aboriginal art. […]

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06 | Robert Rauschenberg

BMW Art Car: 1986 BMW 635 CSi

BMW Art Car: 1986 BMW 635 CSi “Drivable museums would be great. This car is a dream come true for me,” gushed Rauschenberg after the presentation of his Art Car in New York. This BMW 635CSi was the sixth Art Car, yet was the first to have its bodywork decorated with photographic material. The right […]

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05 | Ernst Fuchs

BMW Art Car: 1982 BMW 635 CSi

BMW Art Car: 1982 BMW 635 CSi This car represents two firsts: This was the first Art Car to be created using a serial production BMW and the first Art Car to be enhanced by a European artist, namely by the Vienna art professor, Ernst Fuchs. For the “Art as illustration – illustration as art” […]

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04 | Andy Warhol

BMW Art Car: 1979 BMW M1 Group 4 Race Version

BMW Art Car: 1979 BMW M1 Group 4 Race Version This Art Car is one of the highlights of the collection of artworks on wheels. No lesser person than Andy Warhol immortalized himself in this M1. He even took responsibility for transferring the smaller scale design to the actual bodywork himself with only the aid […]

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03 | Roy Lichtenstein

BMW Art Car: 1977 BMW 320i Group 5 Race Version

BMW Art Car: 1977 BMW 320i Group 5 Race Version Car three by Roy Lichtenstein is one of the most popular of all the Art Cars; the BMW 320 Group 5. The artist had this to say on the fruit of his labors: “I invested as much thought and effort as possible.” Undeniably! The result […]

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02 | Frank Stella

BMW Art Car: 1976 BMW 3.0 CSL

BMW Art Car: 1976 BMW 3.0 CSL In 1976 this BMW 3.0 CSL shot around the race circuit at 300 km/h at the Le Mans 24-hour race which is nothing out of the ordinary for a BMW race car. What did stand out was the fact that it was a high-speed BMW Art Car designed […]

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01 | Alexander Calder

BMW Art Car: 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL

BMW Art Car: 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL The first time a BMW was transformed into a work of art was 1975. Alexander Calder was inspired by the French auctioneer and racing driver, Hervé Poulain, to produce the first ever BMW Art Car. The US artist only used primary colours and distributed them in broad swathes […]

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