Andy Warhol, Cars, Mercedes Benz Art Collection displays Warhol’s masterpieces in Los Angeles
Stuttgart, Los Angeles, July 21, 2022
- July 23, 2022 through January 22, 2023 at the Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles
- The exhibition presents 40 works of art from Andy Warhol’s Cars series
- #Pictures will be shown along with 5 types of #Mercedes #Benz cars illustrated by #Warhol
- The series can be seen in the United States for the first time in more than 30 years
From July 23, 2022 to January 22, 2023, the Mercedes Benz Art Collection will be exhibiting some of its most prestigious and iconic treasures at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles: Exhibition »Andy Warhol: Cars – Works from the Mercedes Benz Art Collection« presents 27 canvas prints and 13 drawings from the world-famous Cars series by Andy Warhol. In the photo, the American Pop Art artist uses eight selected models of Mercedes Benz to write the history of the car – from the Benz Patent #Motorwagen from 1886 to the research car C 111 II built in 1970. At the Petersen Motor Museum – one of the largest car museums in the world – the works can be seen together with five of the eight cars shown by Warhol – including the Mercedes Benz Formula 1 W 196 R racing car with a modified body, the Mercedes Benz 300 SL »Gullwing« Coupé (W 198) and Mercedes Benz 750 Kilogram racing car W 125.
Renate Wiehager, head of the Mercedes Benz #Art #Collection: »Since the highly acclaimed presentation at the #Guggenheim #Museum New York in 1988, Andy Warhol’s Cars series has been a guest in major museums around the world. We are very happy that after more than 30 years it can now be seen again in the USA. As the number of visitors to his exhibitions shows, the name Warhol has a ‘mythical’ appeal in the context of art. This also applies to the brand name Mercedes Benz in its context, which – made in the sign of the star – has a safe field of meaning: good, fast, modern, luxury, high quality.«
Renata Jungo Brüngger, Member of the Board of Management of the Mercedes Benz Group for Ethics and Law, is also responsible for the Mercedes Benz Art Collection: “We are delighted to make these beautiful images available to a large international audience again at the exhibition in Los Angeles and so to contribute to the promotion of culture and to support education. Because that is the very purpose of our art collection: With our social commitment to culture and education, we want to create tangible benefits for the benefit of all. Andy Warhol’s works of art have inspired people for generations – like cars from Mercedes Benz. Two famous brands meet in the Cars series.«
Photo series Cars, the legendary relationship between Andy Warhol and Mercedes Benz
The Cars Series is one of Andy Warhol’s last groups of work before his death in February 1987. The artist created the series at the end of 1986/87 on behalf of #Daimler Benz AG at the time on its 100th anniversary. of the car. Initially, 80 pictures with 20 car models from eight different decades were planned, of which only 36 canvas prints and 13 drawings could be completed. To date, the Mercedes Benz Art Collection owns 30 screen prints and drawings from the series. The machines are available to the public for employees at various locations of the Mercedes Benz Group and for registered tours.
Renate Wiehager: »Warhol saw himself as a partner in sent situations whose aim was to transfer the product in a different context: in the context of art, in the context of the ‘Warhol aura’. Such product transfer is most successful when two products meet at eye level. The formal union between Andy Warhol and Mercedes Benz can be described as good fortune on ‘equal footing’. Two top products meet here, each of which is the highest in its field.«
In his #Cars series, Andy Warhol dedicated himself to an industrial product of European origin for the first time. After “Coca Cola Bottles”, “Campbell’s Soup Cans” or dollar bills that made the American famous in the 1960s, the story of the brand from German automotive history is now the focus of his art. With eight examples of cars shown, Warhol shows the flexibility and historical character of the product. For Warhol’s original series with motifs from Campbell’s, Heinz or Del Monte, it was very important that American products could be delivered everywhere and were available without limits. In Warhol’s paintings of the 1980s, this “present-time” is transformed into a perspective that also allows for the past and progress.
Mercedes Benz Art Collection
The Mercedes Benz Art Collection was founded in 1977 and is now one of the most important collections of European companies with an international reputation. The collection includes approximately 3,000 works by more than 650 artists. Early interests, which were initially related to graphic works, were for artists from southern Germany. These included teachers and students from the University of Stuttgart such as Adolf Hölzel, Oskar Schlemmer, Willi Baumeister, Hans Arp and Max Bill. The Mercedes Benz Art Collection now also includes international art and has a clear profile in terms of art history. This is based on the systematic structure of the collection focusing on abstract, conceptual and minimalist art as well as contemporary photography and media art.
Exhibitions of works in the company, at Mercedes Benz Contemporary on Potsdamer Platz Berlin and in international museums (New York, Detroit, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires) enable the art-loving public to engage widely with the collection. In addition, the Mercedes Benz Art Collection provides scholarship awards for youth art and provides an accompanying educational program for school children. The organization’s collection pays close attention to sustainable processes: it presents themed exhibitions in different locations and uses materials and technologies for multi-functional exhibition concepts. At the same time, he plans packaging and transportation efficiently and with a view to long-term use and reducing travel distances where possible.
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