Roy Lichtenstein's BMW Art Car on display in Paris
The famous BMW 320i IMSA 2L decorated by Roy Lichtenstein in 1977. (Image: BMW AG Alle Rechte frei RE / icapressoffice)
Published Friday, September 13, 2013 4:39PM EDT
In its retrospective of Roy Lichtenstein's work, the Centre Pompidou in Paris is showcasing a BMW 320i decorated by the artist himself. Through November 4, museum visitors will be able to view the car in the very same venue where it was presented by the artist 36 years ago.
With this BMW Art Car, Roy Lichtenstein aimed to explore the theme of movement. In his distinctive style, characterized by bright colors and dot patterns evoking newspaper comics, he gave the car a dynamic appearance, as if it were racing at full speed.
The painted BMW 320i IMSA 2L finished in 9th place at the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1977.
The Art Cars initiative was launched in 1975 by BMW in collaboration with the French former racing pilot Hervé Poulain, who is now vice president of the French art auction house Artcurial.
A number of artists have participated over the years. Most recently, in 2010, Jeff Koons provided a custom exterior finish for a BMW M3 GT2 which was entered in the famous Le Mans race in the same year.