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Manrique’s Art Car Parks Up in London

Monday July 30, 2012

Manrique’s Art Car Parks Up in London

Londoners and visitors to the Olympics can grab a glimpse of the BMW that was customized by local island artist César Manrique as part of the London 2012 Olympic celebrations taking place in the capital over the coming weeks.

Art Drive! The BMW Art Car Collection is being staged by the ICA in London as part of the London 2012 Olympic celebrations. And it features 15 vehicles that were transformed into artworks by leading international artists between 1975 and 2000 as part of BMW’s Art Car Collection project.

The amazing Art Car Collection will be on view until August 4th in the equally extraordinary surroundings of The Great Eastern Street NCP Car Park in Shoreditch, as the ICA takes over this local London landmark as a pop up gallery space. And admission to the general public is entirely free of charge.

The 15 vehicles on show feature the work of eminent artists such as David Hockney, Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons – as well as César Manrique. And the project is designed to make an innovative cultural contribution to the Olympic celebrations.

From 1975 onwards BMW selected an artist annually to customize their choice of BMW and create an original artwork. An idea inspired by aspiring racing driver Herve Poulain, who came up with the concept of creating a unique vehicle for the Le Mans 24 hour rally in conjunction with his famous sculptor friend Alexander Calder.

The Lanzarote born artist César Manrique was invited to transform a BMW 730i in 1990, just two years before his untimely death in a car crash close to his home in Tahiche.

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