BMW Group India presented the 10th BMW Art Car created by internationally celebrated artist César Manrique at the India Art Fair 2016. César Manrique created the 10th Art Car for BMW in 1990 with the BMW 730i. The 10th BMW Art Car was unveiled at the India Art Fair by Mr Philipp von Sahr, President – BMW Group India, Dr Thomas Girst, Head Cultural Engagement, BMW Group and Ms. Neha Kripal, Founding Director, India Art Fair. The BMW Art Car will be exhibited till 31st January 2016 at the India Art Fair in New Delhi.
On this occasion, Mr Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India said, “Since its inception, BMW India has been committed to the world of art and culture in the country. The BMW Art Cars are an indispensable component and a core platform of our cultural engagement. They are unique creations combining automobiles, technology, design and art. The artistic expressions of the ‘Rolling Sculptors’ symbolize the pioneering spirit of BMW Group that challenges the imagination of creative minds across the world. We are very excited to present the 10th BMW Art Car by César Manrique here amidst the best Indian art installations at the India Art Fair.”
The 1990 BMW 730i is powered by a 3.0-litre inline 6-cylinder engine with overhead camshaft delivering a power output of 188 bhp and 290 Nm of torque. The engine was connected to a 4-speed automatic gearbox giving drive to the rear wheels with a topspeed of 222 kmph. It also featured some luxury options like integrated telephone and fax machines, a wine cooler, and traction control system. In fact, the top-line 750iL was the first car in the world to offer High-Intensity Discharge headlamps.
For the BMW Art Car project, Manrique took it upon himself to unite technology and art which in his opinion are two different worlds. “I wanted to give the car a shape that would create the impression that it was gliding effortlessly through the space. I tried to use an aesthetic concept to express in a single object the idea of speed and aerodynamics,” he explained. Dynamic forms, as well as glowing red, green, blue and violet tones, convey the impression of supple movement. The idea was one of a bird in flight. Neutral elements such as insects of the sea repeatedly served as the inspiration for his works.
For more than 40 years now, the BMW Group has initiated and engaged in over 100 cultural cooperations worldwide. The BMW Art Car Collection is by no means complete as it stands. The number of exhibits will continue to grow, adding artistic expressions to the collection.