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BMW Art Car: Esther Mahlangu – MAD Museum, NYC

November 19th, 2010 by Ian

A little over a year ago, we showed you a taste of BMW’s Traveling Art Exhibit from our very own Grand Central Station. This particular BMW didn’t make it to that exhibit though, so head over to the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) to check it out in its full glory. The colorfully decorated luxury sedan, a 1991 BMW 525i, was painted by South African artist Esther Mahlangu as part of the Global Africa Project that aims to explore the impact of African visual culture on contemporary art, craft and design around the world. Mahlangu is the leading representative for this traditional Ndebele tribe’s art form.  “My art has evolved from the tribal tradition of decorating our homes,” says Mahlangu.

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BMW Art Cars- Grand Central Station, NYC

April 14th, 2009 by Ian


clockwise from top left: 1977 BMW 320i by Roy Lichtenstein; 1986 BMW 635CSi by Robert Rauschenberg; 1979 BMW M1 by Andy Warhol; 1976 BMW 3.0 CSL by Frank Stella

Our very own Grand Central Station was one of the stops along BMW’s traveling Art Car exhibit.  These four famous BMW’s were formerly used as blank canvases by world renowned artists,  Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, and Robert Raushenberg.   The BMW art car project began in 1975 when race car driver Hervé Poulain commisioned an American artist to paint his BMW, and today there are 16 vehicles in the BMW art car stable.  These cars have graced some of the worlds most prestigious museums including the Louvre in Paris, and the Guggenheim in NY and Bilboa.