BMW has quite the history of melding art with speed via their Art Cars projects. Since 1975, world renowned artists have taken their brushes to the sheet metal of Bavaria’s finest, all in the name of visual expression. To date there are a total of seventeen cars; each a unique look at an artist and an era.
One of the more iconic cars from the collection is the 850CSi painted by David Hockney. It was created nearly two decades ago in 1995, and now it’s finally returning home to Los Angeles.
As part of the Paris Photo second edition at the Paramount Pictures Studio in Los Angeles, BMW will be displaying David Hockney’s 8 Series . Along with bringing the classic 8 Series home to LA, BMW is bringing the spiritual successor to the classic coupe; the all-new i8 .
From the past and into the future, BMW is representing the history, technology and art of the automotive world.
Click past the jump to read more about BMW’s previous Art Cars.
The first Art Car was a BMW 3.0 CSL from 1975. The car was created by Alexander Calder, an American sculptor. It was one of his last completed works of art before his death. Two more Art Cars were created, one in 1976 and another in ’77, but the program got its biggest boost in 1979.
’79 was the year that pop art icon Andy Warhol put his brush to the M1. This marked the first time that the designing artist actually worked on the full-size car. To this day, the Warhol M1 is one of the most recognizable Art Cars from the series.
The last car to receive the Art Car treatment came in 2010 when Jeff Koons created a fantastic design for the BMW M3 GT2.
Not very many companies have ever offered forth their wares to others to change. Part of creating a car design is creating a shape that you think is perfect in some way. To me, the act of giving your idea of perfection to another person so that they may create their own perfection is the greatest expression of art.
Gallery BMW Art Car Roundup
For Paris Photo’s second edition at the Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, BMW is proud to present the 850CSi Art Car by David Hockney. Almost 20 years after its creation in 1995 the Art Car returns to its roots in LA, the city that has been Hockney’s home town since 1964. “It would be good to perhaps show the car so you could be looking inside it”, Hockney described his approach to the project. He put the idea into practice in his very own style of pop art that became as popular as Andy Warhol’s amongst connoisseurs worldwide.
Since 1975, prominent artists from throughout the world have designed BMW automobiles of their times, all making extremely different artistic statements. The seventeen exhibits created for the Art Car Collection until now include works by well-known artists such as Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jenny Holzer, Olafur Eliasson and Jeff Koons. The Art Cars reflect the cultural and historical development of art, design, and technology and have been presented by major museums around the world, including the Guggenheim and the Louvre.
In its 11th year of partnership with Paris Photo, BMW once again provides the VIP shuttle service. This year as Official Partner, BMW also presents the VIP “Close-up” program. Besides the David Hockney Art Car, BMW will display its i8, introducing a new era of sustainable performance. With its futuristic design and groundbreaking technology, the i8 is the world’s most forward looking sports car made out of carbon fiber and BMW’s first high-performance plug-in hybrid.
For over a decade now, BMW has been an active partner of renowned international art fairs including Frieze NY and London, as well as Art Basel in Hong Kong, Miami and Basel, the Berlin Gallery Weekend and TEFAF Maastricht.