BMW Art Car Collection to go on display in London

BMW's Art Car Collection goes on display - in the glamorous surroundings of the NCP car park in Shoreditch

By Tim Kendall | 9th July 2012

BMW’s famous art car collection is set to go on display in the UK for the first time, as part of the London 2012 Festival. Taking a paintbrush to a car may seem like the preserve of vandals or DIY bodgers, but BMW has actually been adorning its products with the handiwork of famous artists for over 35 years.

BMW Art Car

BMW Art Car by Jeff Koons

The original art car, commissioned in 1975 by French racing driver Hervé Poulain, was painted by Alexander Calder using the now iconic 3.0 CSL as a base car – and competed at Le Mans the same year.

Several subsequent art cars have also been created with the aim of causing a stir at La Sarthe – including American artist Jeff Koons’ M3 GT2 art car (pictured), commissioned to mark BMW’s 2010 Le Mans effort. Other famous artists who have used a BMW as their canvas, include Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Ernst Fuchs and David Hockney – who famously decorated an ‘inside out’ 850 CSi back in 1995.

In conjunction with the Institute of Contemporary Art, BMW’s 16-car collection will be shown over six floors of the NCP car park in Shoreditch in East London, between 21 July and 4 August.

By Tim Kendall
9th July 2012

Got an opinion? Don't be shy....