24 July 2012
Last updated at 09:35
A unique exhibition featuring cars painted by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and David Hockney has gone on show for the first time in the UK, as part of the London 2012 Festival.
The BMW Art Car Collection started more than 35 years ago when racing driver and auctioneer Hervé Poulain (second from left) asked his friend Alexander Calder (left) to design a car that married artistic excellence to 'an already perfect object'. The 3.0 CSL was raced at the legendry Le Mans 24 hour endurance race in 1975.
Since then, leading international artists have been asked to contribute to the collection. Roy Lichtenstein customised this 320i Gruppe 5 Rennversion in 1977.
Iconic pop artist Andy Warhol painted this M1 in 1979. Speaking at the time Warhol said: 'I have tried to give a vivid depiction of speed. If a car is really fast, all contours and colours become blurred.'
In 1986, Robert Rauschenberg immortalized old masters on this 635 CSi in the hope of creating a museum on wheels.
Michael Jagamara Nelson said of his M3 Group-A Racing Version: "The car is a landscape, like you'd see from a plane - I included the water, the kangaroo and the opossum."
César Manrique painted this 730i inspired by a butterfly and dragonfly in 1990. "My idea was to design the BMW in such a way as to give the impression of it effortlessly gliding without any resistance.” said Manrique.
South African artist Esther Mahlangu painted this 525i in 1991. "The patterns I used in the design bring together our heritage and the modernity of the car," said Mahlangu.
David Hockney painted this 850 CSi in 1995. Hockney's idea was to show the inside of the car without damaging the outer shell. The free ICA Art Drive! exhibition in Shoreditch, east London, runs until 4 August.