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Two BMW Art Cars to Be Showcased at Art Basel in Miami, Next Week

From December 4 to 7, BMW will be showcasing not one but two of its special Art Cars at this year’s Art Basel event, held in Miami Beach. The cars that will be put up for display will be the 1977 BMW 320 by Roy Lichtenstein and the 1989 BMW M3 by Michael Jagamara Nelson.
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While the former will be showcased in the Botanical Garden, next to the fair, the second one will be on display in Art Basel’s Collector’s Lounge in the Convention Center.

The venue will also be the perfect place for BMW to announce a new global art initiative in collaboration with Art Basel, with which it has been working together for 13 years. The shuttle service will be taken care of by the German company, using 7 Series vehicles for the visitors.The Roy Lichtenstein Art Car
Speaking about his creation, nearly 40 years ago, Roy Lichtenstein said: “I pondered on it for a long time and put as much into it as I possibly could. I wanted the lines I painted to be a depiction the road showing the car where to go. The design also shows the countryside through which the car has travelled. One could call it an enumeration of everything a car experiences – only that this car reflects all of these things before actually having been on a road.”

One of the founders of American pop art, Roy painted a BMW 320 group 5 racing version that featured the best the company had to offer at the moment. It had a 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine under the bonnet and used to make 300 HP, reaching 290 km/h (180 mph) if the situation asked for such a speed.The Michael Jagamara Nelson Art Car
“A car is a landscape as it would be seen from a plane – I have included water, the kangaroo and the opossum,” Australian artist, Michael Jagamara Nelson had to say about his creation after he was done with it.

It took him only 7 days to finish it and in the end he came up with a beautiful M3 that had a masterpiece of Papunya art on it. As for the specs of the car, it was a Group A racing version that had a 4-cylinder 2.3-liter double overhead camshaft engine making 300 HP. Quite a little beast.

Both of them can be admired starting next week in Miami Beach. If you can’t make it there, check out the gallery below.


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