The BMW Art Car Collection
Since 1975, a total of 19 international artists have been creating BMW Art Cars on the basis of contemporary BMW automobiles. The collection was inaugurated when French race car driver and art aficionado Hervé Poulain in collaboration with the then current BMW Motorsport Director Jochen Neerpasch asked his artist friend Alexander Calder to design a car.
The result was a BMW 3.0 CSL, which in 1975 was raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and became an instant favorite with the spectators: the BMW Art Car Collection was born. BMW Art Cars are not only on display in their home, BMW’s museum in Munich, they also travel internationally to exhibitions and museums in Asia, Europe and North America.
In November 2015, BMW Group announced two artists to create the next BMW Art Cars at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In addition to American artist John Baldessari, multimedia artist Cao Fei, one of China’s most important contemporary artists who just received the CAA Artist of the Year award and had a solo show at MoMA PS1 in 2016, is currently designing another vehicle for this legendary collection.
The world premiere of the 18th BMW Art Car will take place during the summer of 2017. With their works, Cao Fei and John Baldessari will be joining the ranks of renowned artists such as Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and David Hockney.
The jury of the 18th and 19th BMW Art Car included the following members:
- Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York)
- Chris Dercon, then Director, Tate Modern (London)
- Juan Gaitán, Director, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City)
- Gabriele Horn, Director, Berlin Biennale (Berlin)
- Udo Kittelmann, Director, Nationalgalerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
- Dr. Matthias Mühling, Director, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus (Munich)
- Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery (London)
- Shwetal A. Patel, Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India)
- Beatrix Ruf, Director, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam)
- Bisi Silva, Director, The Centre for Contemporary Art (Lagos)
- Philip Tinari, Director, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Bejing)
- Adam D. Weinberg, Director, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)