Design concepts and competition appearance for 18th and 19th BMW Art Cars revealed. Cao Fei and John Baldessari share discernment into their artistic process.

Posted on 15. Jun, 2016 by in BMW Canada

Munich. Today, a BMW Group presented a first
visuals for a subsequent BMW Art Cars during an art speak with Karim Habib,
Vice President Design BMW Automobiles, on a arise of Art Basel.
Chinese artist Cao Fei (*1978) and American fable John Baldessari
(*1931) gave discernment into a pattern routine and suggested their design
ideas about their concepts for a 18th and 19th BMW Art Car. Base
indication for both artists is a BMW M6 GT3. With their commitment, Cao Fei
and John Baldessari will be fasten a ranks of superb artists
such as Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol,
Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney and Jeff Koons. 

Harald Krüger, Chairman of a Board of Management of BMW AG:

“We are gay to be operative together with dual really innovative and
successful artists, Cao Fei and John Baldessari, in formulating dual new
BMW Art Cars. Jeff Koons did a illusory pursuit on a final Art Car and
we are looking brazen to further, constrained pieces. Fei’s
all-encompassing oddity as good as John’s discerning minimalism will
make for good additions to a collection that are second to none.” 

Two artists, dual approaches to design 

18th BMW Art Car by Cao Fei

“The thesis of this century is that we enter ‘a landscape of no man’s
land’, e.g. unconstrained cars and aircrafts and practical reality. I
pattern to comparison a stream context of ‘cars’ and to welcome new
probable ways of expressions. To me, that not usually includes the
artist, though also a public.” Cao Fei 

Cao Fei is deliberate by countless ubiquitous media as a most
critical Chinese contemporary artist. Having no prior personal
propinquity to automobiles, she has started an endless investigate on the
subject of „driving“ and “the car” as an intercultural intent and
sculpture for her BMW Art Car project. Her clever investigate proceed is
standard for her artistic use in general. On a one hand, she
investigates a depiction of automobiles and visions of future
mobility in cocktail enlightenment and a art world. Thereby, she draws
impulse from cinema like David Cronenberg‘s “Crash”, a artistic
work of Matthew Barney or a prior BMW Art Car artist Jenny
Holzer. On a other hand, Cao Fei seeks to couple her plan to
technological and amicable developments of a 21st century, especially
associated to her homeland China. While visiting BMW plants in Shenyang,
Tiexi and Munich, she was quite preoccupied by a application
and liberty of robots within a automobile prolongation process.

19th BMW Art Car by John Baldessari

„For me, a automobile is positively an idol of contemporary life. we have
finished sculpture before, though it’s a initial time we have ever in a sense
collaborated. we didn’t pattern a automobile – we collaborated with the
designers of a car. we consider a plea comes in creation something
that can't be accepted from usually one indicate of view, though usually from a
sum indicate of view. we figured my use of colored dots is kind of an
iconic series, so we had to embody that. I’m indeed advertising
myself.” John Baldessari 

As an idol of American unpractical art, John Baldessari approached the
BMW Art Car plan in his signature style. One of his ambitions has
always been to move art outward of a museum and, thus, strech and
confront a broader open with his work in an astonishing environment.
He considers himself a minimalist during heart and likes to pull on his
possess iconic techniques, such as fixation colored dots. In his work,
Baldessari tends to use primary colors like red, yellow or blue. All
this is reflected in his initial pattern investigate for a BMW Art Car –
that demonstrates his mindfulness for a multidimensionality and
typography of a automobile as an object. 

Art universe and racing premieres

#18 by Cao Fei:

World premiere: during a vital museum, summer 2017

On racetrack: a vital competition in Asia, 2017

#19 by John Baldessari:

World premiere: Art Basel in Miami Beach, Nov 30, 2016

On racetrack: Daytona, Jan 2017

Following their ubiquitous universe premieres, Cao Fei’s and John
Baldessari’s rolling sculptures will continue a racing tradition of
a BMW Art Car series. Baldessari’s automobile will infer itself on the
racetrack during a Rolex 24 during DAYTONA (United States) in Jan 2017.
On a other side of a world, a BMW M6 GT3 designed by Chinese
artist Cao Fei will take partial in a vital competition in Asia in 2017. 

Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director:

“We during BMW Motorsport are eager about this plan and
collaborating with Cao Fei and John Baldessari – and I’m certain the
racing fans are as well. The initial pattern studies are some-more than
earnest and make we extraordinary for more. I’m looking brazen to an
sparkling year 2017 all about a 18th and 19th BMW Art Car.” 

18th and 19th BMW Art Car,
a jury:

Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York),
Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern (London), Juan Gaitán, Director,
Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City), Gabriele Horn,
Director, KW Institute of Contemporary Art (Berlin), Udo Kittelmann,
Director, Nationalgalerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Dr. Matthias
Mühling, Director, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus (Munich), Hans
Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery (London), Shwetal A.
Patel, Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India), Beatrix Ruf, Director,
Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Bisi Silva, Director, The Centre for
Contemporary Art (Lagos), and Adam D. Weinberg, Director, Whitney
Museum of American Art (New York). 

The BMW Art Car Collection

Since 1975 artists from a universe over have been formulating Art Cars on
a basement of contemporary BMW automobiles. The collection was
inaugurated when French competition automobile motorist and art backer Hervé
Poulain in partnership with a afterwards BMW Motorsport Director Jochen
Neerpasch asked his artist crony Alexander Calder to pattern a car.
The outcome was a BMW 3.0 CSL, that in 1975 was raced during a 24 Hours
of Le Mans and became an present favourite with a spectators: the
BMW Art Car Collection was born. In 2010, a many new serve to
a series, a automobile designed by Jeff Koons, was introduced during a Centre
Pompidou in Paris. BMW Art Cars are not usually on arrangement in their home
city during BMW’s museum in Munich, they also transport internationally to
exhibitions and museums in Asia, Europe and North America. 2014 saw
a initial extensive announcement on a collection. For further
information, greatfully go to 

Find a BMW Art Car Collection on a amicable media sites following:



For serve questions greatfully contact:

Dr Thomas Girst

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Head of Cultural Engagement

Telephone: +49-89-382-24753

Leonie Laskowski

BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs

Cultural Engagement

Telephone: +49-89-382-45382;



About BMW Group’s Cultural Commitment

For roughly 50 years now, a BMW Group has instituted and intent in
over 100 informative cooperations worldwide. The association places a main
concentration of a long-term fasten on contemporary and complicated art,
exemplary song and jazz as good as pattern and design. In 1972,
3 large-scale paintings were combined by a artist Gerhard Richter
privately for a corridor of a BMW Group’s Munich headquarters.
Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Daniel Barenboim,
Jonas Kaufmann and designer Zaha Hadid have co-operated with BMW.
Currently, womanlike artist Cao Fei from China and American John
Baldessari are formulating a subsequent dual vehicles for a BMW Art Car
Collection. Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate Live, a BMW Art
Journey and a “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin, Munich and London,
a association also partners with heading museums and art fairs as well
as orchestras and show houses around a world. The BMW Group takes
extensive artistic leisure in all a informative activities – as this
beginning is as essential for producing groundbreaking artistic work
as it is for vital innovations in a successful business.

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