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The twentieth car was created in collaboration with one of the most valuable contemporary artists, Julie Mehretu. The livery she created for the BMW M Hybrid V8 coupe is based on the painting Everywhen and combines several layers of abstractions. In their message, the curators of the BMW Art Car project highly appreciated the work and even saw in it references to Mad Max and graffiti.

The public premiere of the twentieth BMW art car took place at the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris. This time, the sports prototype BMW M Hybrid V8 received an unusual body painting, and the author of the visual abstractions was the American artist Julie Mehretu, who chose her monumental work Everywhen (2021−2023) as a starting point. The drawing on the machine is created from digital photographs of the painting, several layers of dot grids and black spots, which, as planned, should give the forms more dynamism.

The jury that chose Julie Mehreta as the author of art car No. 20 was delighted with the result. Her work not only pays homage to Jenny Holzer and Frank Stella, but also contains references to Mad Max, graffiti and street art.

“The entire BMW Art Car project is about ingenuity, creativity and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. I don’t think of this car as something to put in a museum. Rather, I consider it as a participant in the Le Mans race. This is performative painting. “My art car was created in close collaboration with the motorsport and engineering departments of BMW,” says Julie. “And the project can only be considered truly completed after the end of the race.”

On June 15, the art car will start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But before that, he will stop by Lake Como in Italy, where the traditional Concours d’Elegance will take place at Villa d’Este. The prototype will be part of an exhibition of historical cars organized by the BMW Group and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. Moreover, other art cars will be exhibited there, including the 3.0 CSL from Alexander Calder and Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein’s BMW 320, Andy Warhol’s iconic M1, as well as Jenny Holzer’s Lehmann V12 LMR and Jeff Koons’ M3 GT2.

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