August 15, 2005
BMW hydrogen H2R to become art car
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Munich, Germany – Contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson has been assigned to design the 16th BMW Art Car, to be added to the collection the company has compiled over the last thirty years. Eliasson will transform the BMW H2R hydrogen-powered racer into a work of art, a project that is expected to be finished in early 2007. The car will then be displayed at museums throughout the world.
Eliasson, who was born in Iceland in 1967, now lives and works in Berlin. His sculptural, installative and photographic work has been displayed in the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The BMW Art Car Collection consists of 15 exhibits, including the work of such as artists as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney and Frank Stella. The Art Cars have been displayed around the world, including the Louvre in Paris, the Royal Academy in London, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and at the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao.