In 1986, Andy Warhol was commissioned by none other than Mercedes-Benz to create a series of artworks to celebrate the German marque’s 100th anniversary. Now, for the first time in 30 years, the famous unfinished ‘Cars’ series collection will go on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA. The collection was supposed to be comprised of 80 pieces of art using 20 different Mercedes models spanning the German automaker’s 100-year history, unfortunately, only 49 works (36 screen prints on canvas and 13 drawings) were completed before Warhol passed away in 1987. The Pop art icon’s unique “Cars” series of automotive art has been exhibited just twice in its entirety in public: in Germany in 1988, and in Austria in 2010.
“Andy Warhol was an iconic and influential figure that pioneered Pop art and culture,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Not many have seen his automotive works, so we are excited to display them to the public alongside the unique vehicles that inspired his creative visions. It is an exclusive exhibit that appeals to both admirers of fine art and amazing automobiles.”
NEW EXHIBIT – JULY 23 | ANDY WARHOL: CARS – WORKS FROM THE MERCEDES-BENZ ART COLLECTION
In this exhibition, these highly allusive automobiles and their images appear within the context of two celebrated brands, Mercedes-Benz and the one that Andy Warhol constructed for himself. pic.twitter.com/3QweCjz47K
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Andy Warhol: Cars Works from the Mercedes-Benz Art installation will open to the public on Saturday, July 23 through Jan. 22. This is definitely not one to miss. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.Petersen.org website.