BMW Art Cars on exhibit at 2012 London Olympics

BMW Art Cars

2012 London Olympics commences today (July 27, 2012). To celebrate this event, ICA and BMW have teamed up with London Festival and Mayor of London to form a special display of sixteen art cars all painted on their exterior by artists like Andy Warhol and David Hockney over the past 35 years.

The BMW Art Car project began in 1975 when French racer Hervé Poulain commissioned a BMW 3.0 CSL with art work by Alexander Calder. The car later ran in the 1975 Le Mans endurance race. Since then painters such as David Hockney, Jenny Holzer and Roy Lichtenstein have painted cars such as the 730i and Z1.

These cars will be on display on a total of six floors in a parking garage and will be part of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. On display will be BMW cars transformed by artists like Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Ernst Fuchs, Robert Rauschenberg, M.J Nelson, Ken Done, Matazo Kayama, Cesar Manrique, Jeff Koons, A.R Penck, Esher Mahlangu, Sandro Chia, Jenny Holzer and David Hockney.

For most of us who are not heading to the 2012 London Olympics, can check out the art exhibition online where photos of the art cars, videos depicting how each of these vehicles were created, step by step footage of the various artists painting cars and information of each of the artists will be available. To visit this website click here

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