Contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson has been commissioned to create the 16th BMW Art Car using the record-breaking hydrogen-powered BMW H2R car as a canvas. Following in the footsteps of Andy Warhol and David Hockney, the Danish-born artist was selected for his prowess as an internationally acclaimed artist as well as his philosophy as a champion of renewable energies.
Eliasson has hosted large-scale exhibitions of his work at museums such as the Tate Modern in London, the ZKM in Karlsruhe and the Musée d‘Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Current examples of his work can be found in world-famous public and private collections such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
The H2R record car, which set nine world records for hydrogen-powered vehicles at the Miramas Proving Ground in France in 2004, will be delivered to Eliasson this month with the finished work being presented to the public in spring 2007.
Eliasson’s artwork will form the latest chapter in BMW’s priceless collection of motoring art. The first BMW ‘Art Car’ was a 3.0 CSL created by Alex Calder in 1975, with the most recent being the BMW V12 Le Mans race car created by Jenny Holzer in 1999. Other famous artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Frank Stella have also contributed to the collection.Published 18 August 2005