Since 1975, artists from throughout the world have turned BMW automobiles into art signifying a particular period through the Art Car program. As I am sure you know many of the cars by the likes of Warhol, Lichtenstein, Stella, Rauschenberg, Hockney and Holzer have been exhibited in renowned museums throughout the world including the Louvre, the Guggenheim Museums, and the Shanghai Art Museum.
They have been displayed at the BMW Museum in Munich, between 2006 and 2010 and many went on a world tour throughout Asia, Russia, Africa, India, the United States and Mexico.
This new rendition Jeff Koons carries the number “79” in tribute to the 1979 Andy Warhol car. The Warhol car was assigned the number “76” an homage to the 1976 Frank Stella car, both of which raced at Le Mans.So in the spirit of Calder, Stella, Lichtenstein, Warhol, BMW announced this year that the 17th Art Car created by Jeff Koons will race where the first rolling pieces of art by legendary artists raced – at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France on June 12-13, 2010.
I for one can’t wait to see this stunning piece of Art hit the track. Judging by it’s success at the Nurburgring 24hrs it could be in contention of the GT2 win.