In past years, famous artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder and Jeff Koons have designed automobiles of their age, thereby giving rise to the BMW Art Car Collection. At least one of the Art Cars has been constantly on show in the permanent exhibition area.
We present the BMW M1 created by Andy Warhol.
“I tried to depict speed in a visual way. When a car drives really fast, all lines and colours become blurred.”
The American pop-art icon Andy Warhol, equipped with buckets of paint, took on the fourth BMW Art Car in 1979. Instead of first designing a true-to-scale model and then having his assistants do the final artwork like his predecessors did, Andy Warhol painted the BMW M1 from start to finish himself. In only 28 minutes.
The thickly applied paint is very characteristic as are the smeared and overlapping separating lines as well as the strokes of his big brush and his fingers. This was done deliberately since he wanted to express the high speed of the race car in motion.
The car was raced at the 24-hours of Le Mans in the same year. It came in sixth in the overall ranking and second in its class. This made it the most successful Art Car in motorsports to date.