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Petersen Automotive Museum | ANDY WARHOL – Cars Works From The Mercedes Benz Art Collection

Petersen Automotive Museum | ANDY WARHOL – Cars Works From The Mercedes Benz Art Collection

OPENING JULY 23
IN THE ARMAND HAMMER FOUNDATION GALLERY

Supported by:

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EXHIBITION ABSTRACT

Andy Warhol: Cars
Works from the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection

Commissioned on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the motor car, Andy Warhol’s uncompleted 1986/87 Cars series was to include 80 pictures intended to record the history of the motor car from the Daimler Motor Coach and Benz Patent Motor Car, both dating from 1886, to the present day. The last series of pictures to be undertaken in his lifetime, only 36 silk-screen paintings and 13 drawings representing eight different Mercedes-Benz models were completed. Much like his previous work involving the iconography of branded consumer products and celebrities, Warhol managed to bring together the image of the automobile, and more specifically the Mercedes-Benz brand, within the context of high art.

Having started his career in advertising before becoming an artist, and eventually developing into what he called a “business artist,” Warhol’s commissions represent an acknowledgment of the commercial reality of artistic production often concealed by modern notions of the autonomous artist. Falling just outside of Warhol’s specific “iconography of the everyday,” these vintage automobiles, like many exclusive luxury products, are desired by many but scarcely available to the masses. Thus, as objects of general longing and icons of automotive history, the abstracted images associated with these consumer products occupy a prominent space within cultural memory. In this exhibition, these highly allusive automobiles and their images appear within the context of two celebrated brands, Mercedes-Benz and the one that Andy Warhol constructed for himself.

Co-Curated by Dr. Renate Wiehager
Head of the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection, Stuttgart, Berlin

© 2022 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Andy Warhol
Mercedes-Benz W 125 Grand Prix Car, 1937
1986
Silkscreen, acrylic on canvas

1937 MERCEDES-BENZ

W 125 GRAND PRIX CAR

1954 MERCEDES-BENZ

W 196 R FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX CAR

1970 MERCEDES-BENZ

TYPE C 111-II EXPERIMENTAL VEHICLE

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PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM – Hypercars The allure of the Extreme

PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM 

Hypercars The allure of the Extreme

OPEN NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 11, 2022
IN THE BRUCE MEYER FAMILY GALLERY

Supported by: HRE Performance Wheels

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EXHIBITION ABSTRACT

Although the term “supercar” first appeared in the 1920s, the modern notion of supercars was born in the late 1960s, when automotive marvels such as the Lamborghini Miura and the Shelby AC Cobra 427, capable of performance targets far exceeding anything that had come before, made their debuts. For the next several decades, the term supercar was applied to a handful of automobiles that occupied the top tier of excellence. And then, inevitably, a car came along that was so extreme—with supernatural performance and outrageous luxury—that it outshone all supercars to date: the Bugatti Veyron of 2005. With its 4-digit horsepower, 7-digit price tag, quad-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine, and top speed greater than 250 miles per hour, the Veyron topped the numeric bar set by earlier supercars, and the “hypercar” was born.

But what exactly is a hypercar? The definition is elusive and debatable. Metrics frequently associated with the hypercar include: excessive top speed, upwards of 200 miles per hour; an abundance of horsepower, approaching or surpassing 1,000; rarity, with less than a few hundred units produced; and a price tag exceeding one million dollars. But none of these things alone, or even combined, definitively make a vehicle a hypercar. There is also an exotic look and a bespoke luxury that can bring the moniker to bear on an automobile. However subjective the definition may be, one thing is for certain: hypercars are all high-performance, highly styled, audacious, alluring, and extreme. This exhibition features a selection of these rarified, ultra-elite vehicles, exploring their manufacture and their capabilities, and hinting at what greatness is still to come.

PETERSEN Automotive Museum - The California automotive museum celebrates 60 years of the Bond film franchise.
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PETERSEN – The California automotive museum celebrates 60 years of the Bond film franchise.

PETERSEN Automotive Museum – The California automotive museum celebrates 60 years of the Bond film franchise.

THE LARGEST OFFICIAL BOND VEHICLE EXHIBIT IN THE UNITED STATES LOCATED IN THE MULLIN FAMILY GRAND SALON

OPEN September 25, 2021 THROUGH October 22, 2022

SPECIAL EVENT TICKETS

EXHIBITION ABSTRACT

Produced in collaboration with EON Productions and The Ian Fleming® Foundation, Bond in Motion is the first official exhibition in the United States to feature original vehicles from the James Bond film franchise. The exhibit celebrates the 60th anniversary of the 007 films, since Dr. No was released in 1962.

With the publication of his first spy novel, Casino Royale (1953), author and former naval intelligence officer Ian Fleming introduced the world to the enchanting exploits of James Bond, a British officer in the Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6. In all, Fleming would produce twelve novels and two short stories, laying the foundation for what would become a global literary and cinematic legacy.

Beginning in 1962, with the movie adaptation of Fleming’s sixth title, Dr. No, the exciting and dangerous world of James Bond was translated to screen, setting the tone for Bond films to come. Much like the novels on which they are based, Bond films combine the adventure of exotic locations and scheming villains with the action of death-defying stunts, and heart-pounding chases in nearly every type of vehicle imaginable. Often modified by quartermaster “Q,” these vehicles, much like Bond himself, conceal their true nature until their weapons and gadgetry become important plot devices.

The Bond in Motion exhibit offers visitors a rare up-close experience of the most iconic vehicles associated with the world’s most famous secret agent, 007.

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