Already one year later came the second eye-catching BMW 3.0 CSL Art Car. Painter Frank Stella created the fastest work of art in the world of its time. Stella’s CSL had 750 hp. In his design, the artist abandoned his usual free work and allowed himself to be inspired by the racing coupé’s technological aura. A black and white grid of squares was the result, which in its precision resembled oversized graph paper. Every shape of the chassis parts is grated by this graph paper, so that every curve and protrusion can be formally captured and exactly described.
Since then, some of the world’s top artists have styled BMW automobiles of their time and in doing so have found very different forms of expression. The BMW Art Car Collection includes works by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, A. R. Penck, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, John Baldessari and Cao Fei. The BMW Art Cars reflect the cultural development of art, design and technology.