BMW Group India has brought the 10th BMW Art Car created by internationally celebrated artist César Manrique at the 2016 edition of the India Art Fair. The BMW Art Car will be exhibited from 28 to 31 January 2016 at Art Fair taking place in New Delhi.
Founded in 2008, India Art Fair is one of South Asia’s leading platform for modern/contemporary art and portal to the region’s cultural landscape. India Art Fair is claimed to have become the foundation of cultural community with connections to every level of the market.
For over 40 years, BMW Art Car Collection has engaged art and design enthusiasts as well as cars and technology lovers for over 40 years now. The project demonstrates an individual synthesis of artistic expression and automobile design. French race car driver and art enthusiast Hervé Poulain and former BMW Motorsport Director, Jochen Neerpasch, asked their artist friend Alexander Calder to design an automobile, and thus the BMW Art Car collection was born. The artist created the BMW 3.0 CSL which garnered a lot of attention when it competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1975. Since then 17 international artists have designed BMW art models as a contribution to the BMW Art Car Collection that offers a wide range of artistic interpretations. Some cars from the collection are displayed at the BMW Museum in Munich as part of its permanent collection. The remaining Art Cars travel the globe, through art fairs and exhibitions.
The tenth BMW Art Car is designed by internationally acclaimed architect, sculptor, designer, object artist and painter, César Manrique in 1990. The artist designed the art car, BMW 730i, with an idea to unite technology and art in order to shape the car that would create an impression that it was gliding effortlessly through space. He used the aesthetic concept to express in a single object the idea of speed and aerodynamics. Thus the BMW 730i was draped in glowing red, green, blue and violet tones and was for exhibit purpose only. The car was never taken to the road or in a race. The BMW 730i is powered by a 2986cc six-cylinder inline engine that generates 188 bhp and drives the car to a top speed of 222 km/h.
About the art project, folks at BMW group say that the BMW Art Car Collection is by no means complete as it stands. The number of exhibits will continue to grow adding artistic expressions to the collection.