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      02-17-2014, 10:30 AM   #1
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Munich. The BMW Group and publisher Hatje Cantz are pleased to present the first comprehensive publication about the legendary BMW Art Cars. 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.

For over 40 years, the BMW Art Car Collection has fascinated art and design enthusiasts as well as lovers of cars and technology the world over 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 favourite: the birth of the BMW Art Car Collection.

Since then 17 international artists have designed BMW models, among them some of the most renowned artists of our time: Alexander Calder (1975), Frank Stella (1976), Roy Lichtenstein (1977), Andy Warhol (1979), Ernst Fuchs (1982), Robert Rauschenberg (1986), Michael Jagamara Nelson (1989), Ken Done (1989), Matazo Kayama (1990), César Manrique (1990), A. R. Penck (1991), Esther Mahlangu (1991), Sandro Chia (1992), David Hockney (1995), Jenny Holzer (1999), Olafur Eliasson (2007), 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.

The BMW Art Car publication featuring 200 pages and 148 images was released by art publishing house Hatje Cantz (ISBN 978-3-7757-3345-8; € 29,80). 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.

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Awesome!!! Can't wait to see the book.
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Awesome! Hopefully there will be an ebook version
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Btw, you can preorder this book on Amazon now for around $35 with a lowest price guarantee if the price changes between now and June when it is expected to become available.

BMW Art Cars by Iria Candela et al.
Link: http://amzn.com/3775733450
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will definitely be buying this....
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By god,each one of those art cars is UGLY.I might be the minority but.....

On the contrary I would be so much interested in the concept art sketches from the designers though.The best gift I had received from bmw was a concept sketch of my 135 ,which hangs in my office since.

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Very sweet! Ordering now.

Will go great with my modest collection.
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Although I particularly not a fan of all of the cars, the background stories on these things have be incredible to read about. Can't wait to pick one up for myself....and one for a Father's Day gift!

Awesome stuff!
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will be ordering for sure! great book for the coffee table
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BMW Art Cars – Come Home…

I WANT that BOOK! I just pre ordered one on Amzon.com


Btw... you guys should check out my photos of the Art Cars at the BMW Museum...

BMW Art Cars – Come Home…
http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showt...light=art+cars
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saw them all in the flesh at the welt during my ED...awesome!!!!even have a few of the scale models,including the koontz.
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I WANT that BOOK! I just pre ordered one on Amzon.com


Btw... you guys should check out my photos of the Art Cars at the BMW Museum...

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http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showt...light=art+cars
Awesome photos, man! Can't wait to visit myself one day.

Since this is an Art Car related thread, and the Jeff Koons car wasn't at the BMW Museum at that time, here's my thread from the NA debut of the Jeff Koons M3 GT2 Art Car from Art Basel, Miami, back in December.

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=921538
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DEFINITELY getting this. Amazing.
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Ordered! This will be a great addition to my BMW memorobilia for my office at work.
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God that's so beautiful I would die for one!
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Always amazing. I wish i could find a reasonably priced collection of the 1:18 diecast models. They sell on Ebay for $5k+ when they rarely pop up.
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My Art Car book finally arrived from Amazon!

To open it or not to open it? hmm.
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Mine came in about a week or so ago, also. I opened it! How could you not? Perusing through the pages, there is a ton of content and photos.

Will be reading it at my leisure.
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Mine came in about a week or so ago, also. I opened it! How could you not? Perusing through the pages, there is a ton of content and photos.

Will be reading it at my leisure.
I received mine too! Its really a well done(and made) book on the history of all the Art Cars.
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