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BMW’s Fast Art



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For the most part, things you see in art museums tend to be static. It doesn’t matter if it is something in the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Victoria & Albert Museum—something that is under ordinary circumstances a car—it is just sitting there. Sure, there is the occasional Calder mobile, but by and large the collections tend to be things that are immobile.

For years, BMW has been providing cars to artists—including Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jenny Holzer, and, yes, Alexander Calder—and letting them have at it. And for its most-recent, the 17th Art Car, it was to Jeff Koons.


Now while the Koons-styled BMW M3 GT2 is certainly museum-quality, BMWs are engineered to move, so the car will be running at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.