Calder Foundation and BMW are pleased to announce the presentation of the Calder BMW Art Car (Artist’s Proof) for the opening day of “Alexander Calder: Minimal / Maximal” at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin on August 22, 2021. Conceived by BMW Group Classic for the Calder Foundation, the Artist’s Proof realizes Calder’s dream of creating his own example of the first BMW Art Car, operating as the kinetic work of art that the artist intended.
Alexander S. C. Rower, grandson of the artist and president of the Calder Foundation, recalls, “I first encountered the BMW Art Car as a kid at the opening of my grandfather’s far-ranging retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 1976. I asked him about the roar of its M49 engine, and he smiled and told me he wanted to make one for himself. He died just a few weeks later. Ever since, I have dreamed of realizing his wish to bring the car to life to experience its full glory in motion. I am thrilled that that day has finally come, and that the car will be activated for the opening of the Neue Nationalgalerie’s ‘Minimal / Maximal’ exhibition, which highlights the key element of social activation so fundamental to Calder’s work.”
It is important to note that the Artist’s Proof is not a replica, clone, copy, reproduction, facsimile, or 1:1 of the 1975 Calder BMW Art Car. Rather, it is the identical Artist’s Proof that Calder was entitled to but was never realized until now. Meticulously built from an original BMW 3.0 CSL, the Artist’s Proof will carry the same Vehicle Identification Number, with the suffix “AP” (227592/AP).
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