Thursday, 2 August 2012 2:15 PM
Some people are saying that there’s a dark side to the 2012 London Olympics with corporate sponsors seemingly running the show, and with costly ticket prices attached to almost everything. But, this BMW Art Car Collection exhibition is free to all of us and it runs until this Saturday, in east London’s trendy Shoreditch.
And the roll call of artists’ work lavished across some very evocative BMW shapes from throughout the years is indeed impressive. There’s Alexander Calder, Sandro Chia, Ken Done, Ernst Fuchs, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Matazo Kayama, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Esther Mahlangu, Cesar Manrique, M.J Nelson, A.R Penck, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol. All displayed against a stark background
of austere-looking modern multi-story concrete.
Here’s what some of the reviewing press have said about the colourful auto-show:
“Complain about the traffic chaos all that you like, but the Olympics have one huge automotive factor in their favour.” GQ.
"Suspended on bare concrete like ink blots on canvas, the best of the collection invoke the furnace of creativity, energy, identity and movement." Autocar.
Praise indeed, but if you can’t make it over to Shoreditch by this Saturday to see the artful Beemers, here are some pretty pictures of the Bavarian beauties.
BMW’s free Art Car exhibition runs until Sat 4 August. Open 12pm - 9pm daily, NCP Car Park, 35 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3ER.
By Daniel Anslow
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