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BMW’s sublime Art Car collection hits the road

Back in 1975, US artist Alexander Calder did something unspeakable to a pristine BMW 3.0 CSL.

He covered it in paint. Lots of paint. Red, white, yellow and blue, arching over the car's angular bonnet and wheel arches, the body acting as a canvas for Calder's typical style of primary colours and bold shapes. So captivating were the final results of Calder's project that it spawned a unique chapter in BMW's history - it was the first of the Art Cars.

16 artists have followed in Calder's brush strokes since then, adding their own unique artistic style to iconic BMW's over the years.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of the motoring collection, BMW has recalled each of its 17 Art Cars for a rolling international exhibition, starting in Hong Kong, before heading to New York, Miami and Shanghai.

Now this is the kind of modern art we can get behind.

(Images: BMW)

[Via: Carscoops]

  • BMW's sublime Art Car collection hits the road

    Alexander Calder's BMW 3.0 CSL

    1975

  • BMW's sublime Art Car collection hits the road 1

    Frank Stella's BMW 3.0 CSL

    1976

  • BMW's sublime Art Car collection hits the road 2

    Roy Lichtenstein's BMW 320i Turbo

    1977

  • BMW's sublime Art Car collection hits the road 3

    Andy Warhol BMW M1 Group 4

    1979

  • BMW's sublime Art Car collection hits the road 4

    Ernst Fuchs' BMW 635 CSi

    1982

  • BMW's sublime Art Car collection hits the road 5

    Robert Rauschenberg's BMW 635 CSi

    1986

  • BMW's sublime Art Car collection hits the road 6

    Michael Nelson Jagamarra's BMW M3

    1989

  • BMW's sublime Art Car collection hits the road 7

    Ken Done's BMW M3 Group A

    1989

  • BMW's sublime Art Car collection hits the road 8

    Matazo Kayama's BMW 535i

    1990

  • BMW's sublime Art Car collection hits the road 9

    Cesar Manrique's BMW 730i

    1990

  • BMW's sublime Art Car collection hits the road 10

    A. R. Penc's BMW Z1

    1991

  • BMW's sublime Art Car collection hits the road 11

    Esther Mahlangu's BMW 525i

    1991

  • BMW's sublime Art Car collection hits the road 12

    Sandro Chia's BMW M3 GTR

    1992

  • BMW's sublime Art Car collection hits the road 13

    David Hockney 's BMW 850 CSi

    1995

  • BMW's sublime Art Car collection hits the road 14

    Jenny Holzer's BMW V12 LMR

    1999

  • BMW's sublime Art Car collection hits the road 15

    Olafur Eliasson's BMW H2R

    2007

  • BMW's sublime Art Car collection hits the road 16

    Jeff Koons' BMW M3 GT2

    2010