Warhol to Koons: East London hosts BMW Art Cars

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BMW Art Car

BMW Art Car. Image courtesy London Media Centre/London & Partners

From today a car park in East London hosts a unique collection of artworks. BMWs have been transformed by some of the world’s most celebrated artists including David Hockney, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Don’t miss this fantastic, free exhibition – perfect for lovers of art and automobiles.

For the past 35 years, BMW has commissioned contemporary artists to decorate its cars. Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Jeff Koons, Frank Stella, Jenny Holzer, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Sandro Chia and Matazo Kayama are among the artists involved.

Jeff Koons shares his enthusiasm about the project: “These race cars are like life, they are powerful and there is a lot of energy. You can participate with it, add to it and let yourself transcend with its energy.”

The BMW Art Cars are on display for two weeks only from 21 July until 4 August in the multi-storey car park on Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch ( described by organisers the ICA as a “brutalist landmark”). The exhibition is part of the London 2012 Festival.

Which artist would you choose to decorate the car of your dreams?


  1. TONI ARNAU says:

    Great Exhibition at only 7 days from the beginning of Olympic Games.

    It would be a dream comes true after more than 30 years lovinf this town.

    Some races as Triathlon will be a magic feeling on London Streets.

  2. KT says:

    This show is amazing. I really didn’t think I’d be moved by the cars but they are incredibly impressive, especially the Jenny Holzer and the David Hockney. When I was there I heard a rumour that they will be showing films on the car park roof from next week. So cool.

  3. Charles says:

    Wow!!Sounds cool! Never heard of such unique art exhibits for cars! The BMW car displayed here looks so bright and colorful. Just imagine driving this on the streets…sure to gain the attention of every person on road.