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The 13th BMW Art Car by Sandro Chia

The 13th BMW Art Car by Sandro Chia

10.06.2016: When Sandro Chia sees any surface, it’s as if it calls to him,




When Sandro Chia sees any surface, it’s as if it calls to him, “paint me, paint me!” And that is what happened when he first saw the BMW 3 Series coupé, a prototype built to compete in the Italian Gran Turismo Championship.


So he started to paint, painted faces and a sea of intensive colours until the car’s whole bodywork had been completely covered. “The automobile is a much coveted object within our society”, said Sandro Chia commenting on his work.

“It is the centre of attraction. People look at it. This car reflects those looks.” The design of the Art Car was not his first artistic involvement with an automobile. Even as a child he painted graffiti on cars.


The renaissance city of Florence, where Sandro Chia was born in 1946, is the world of his childhood and his youth, a world in which he learned to take a playful and relaxed approach towards the fine arts.


As early as in the seventies he displayed his work at important individual exhibitions and was soon recognized as one of the most significant artists of the Italian Transavanguardia.


He sees himself as a neo-expressionist, his figurative painting revealing signs of having been influenced by Carrà, de Chirico, Picasso as well as Montegna and Giorgione.




The BMW Art Car collection



Since 1975 artists from the world over have been creating Art Cars on the basis of contemporary BMW automobiles.


The collection was inaugurated when French race car driver and art aficionado Hervé Poulain in collaboration with the then BMW Motorsport Director Jochen Neerpasch asked his artist friend Alexander Calder to design a car.


The result was a BMW 3.0 CSL, which in 1975 was raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and became an instant favorite with the spectators: the BMW Art Car Collection was born.


In 2010, the most recent addition to the series, a car designed by Jeff Koons, was introduced at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. BMW Art Cars are not only on display in their home town at BMW’s museum in Munich, they also travel internationally to exhibitions and museums in Asia, Europe and North America.



2014 saw the first comprehensive publication on the collection. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the series in 2015, a jury of distinguished museum directors and curators commissioned two internationally renowned artists to design two vehicles.


 The Chinese artist Cao Fei (b.1978) and American John Baldessari (b.1931) will be respectively the youngest and the eldest artists to be represented in the collection.



The BMW Group and culture: a longstanding commitment in Italy and the world



For almost 50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated and engaged in over 100 cultural cooperations worldwide. The company places the main focus of its long-term commitment on contemporary and modern art, classical music and jazz as well as architecture and design.


In 1972, three large-scale paintings were created by the artist Gerhard Richter specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group's Munich headquarters.


Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Daniel Barenboim, Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have co-operated with BMW. Currently, female artist Cao Fei from China and American John Baldessari are creating the next two vehicles for the BMW Art Car Collection.


Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate Live, the BMW Art Journey and the “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin, Munich and London, the company also partners with leading museums and art fairs as well as orchestras and opera houses around the world.


The BMW Group takes absolute creative freedom in all its cultural activities – as this initiative is as essential for producing groundbreaking artistic work as it is for major innovations in a successful business.


In Italy, the BMW Group is likewise engaged in the cultural field through initiatives and high profile projects ranging from the Teatro alla Scala (of which BMW Italy is a founding supporting partner and sponsor of the Opera for Kids project) to the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (supported by the subsidiary of BMW Roma), from the MINI brand projects with the Milan Triennale and the MAXXI in Rome to corporate social responsibility projects in order to support an intercultural dialogue – such as the Fourth Intercultural Bicocca Day on May 26. F


 


Roberto Olivi, Patrizia Venturini- photo BMW

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