BMW Art Car Book to Launch in the US

First comprehensive publication about the BMW Art Car Collection to launch in the United States

The BMW Group and publisher Hatje Cantz are pleased to announce the launch of the first comprehensive publication about the legendary BMW Art Cars in the US. The book will first be presented at the Art Fair Paris Photo Los Angeles on April 24, 2014 and will be available on for $45.00 as of early June 2014 (ISBN 9789775799458).

The richly illustrated book presents a unique overview of the history of this automotive collection — launched in 1975 — and designed by major modern and contemporary artists.

Various portraits and interviews provide an insight into their creative processes while giving a descriptive account of the historical development of the collection.


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The BMW Art Car Collection

For over 40 years, the BMW Art Car Collection has fascinated art and design enthusiasts as well as lovers of cars and technology all over the world with its unique combination of fine art and innovative automobile technology.

The collection first started when French race car driver and art aficionado Hervé Poulain, together with Jochen Neerpasch (then BMW Motorsport Director), asked his artist friend Alexander Calder to design an automobile. The result was a BMW 3.0 CSL which in 1975 competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it quickly became the crowd’s favorite.

Since then 17 international artists have designed BMW models, among them some of the most renowned artists of our time:

  1. Alexander Calder (1975)
  2. Frank Stella (1976)
  3. Roy Lichtenstein (1977)
  4. Andy Warhol (1979)
  5. Ernst Fuchs (1982)
  6. Robert Rauschenberg (1986)
  7. Michael Jagamara Nelson (1989)
  8. Ken Done (1989)
  9. Matazo Kayama (1990)
  10. César Manrique (1990)
  11. A.R. Penck (1991)
  12. Esther Mahlangu (1991)
  13. Sandro Chia (1992)
  14. David Hockney (1995)
  15. Jenny Holzer (1999)
  16. Olafur Eliasson (2007)
  17. Jeff Koons (2010)

These “rolling sculptures” offer a wide range of artistic interpretations. When David Hockney created his Art Car in 1995, he painted the inside of the car on the outside, revealing everything from internal engine parts to a dog in the back.

Roy Lichtenstein on the other hand depicted the outer world on his car, from the sun to the tarmac. Robert Rauschenberg incorporated photographic transfers of classical paintings while Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons used the canvas of the car to portray the essence of speed.

Art Publishing House Hatje Cantz

The BMW Art Car publication featuring 200 pages and 148 images was released by art publishing house Hatje Cantz. A slip case provides the personal “parking space” for this book that was designed by Schmid+Widmaier Design. Its cover was created by Jeff Koons.

The publication includes a wide range of significant articles by international experts and art historians. The co-founders of the Art Car series, Hervé Poulain and Jochen Neerpasch, are also having their say.

BMW Group in America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country.

BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes.

The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 119 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.