The Mercedes-Benz Art Collection to exhibit Andy Warhol’s Masterpieces in Los Angeles

August 10th, 2022 by

For the first time in over 30 years, a series of artworks by Andy Warhol will be returning to the US. The Cars series was first presented at the Guggenheim Museum New York in 1988 and has since traveled the world. Renate Wiehager, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection states that “The name Warhol has a ‘mythical’ attraction in the context of art, as the visitor numbers to his exhibitions show. This is also true of the brand name Mercedes-Benz in its context, which – materialized in the symbol of the star – has a secure field of connotations: beautiful, fast, modern, luxurious, quality.”

The Mercedes-Benz Art Collection is considered one of the best-known treasures at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. To date, 30 prints and the drawings from the collection have become a part of the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection. These works and more will be on display from July 23, 2022 to January 22, 2023, The exhibit has been titled “Andy Warhol: Cars – Works from the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection.”

The Artist: Andy Warhol

Between 1986 and 1987, the American Pop artist, Andy Warhol, selected eight Mercedes-Benz models to use in documenting the history of the automobile and in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the automobile. With a total of 36 screen prints and 13 drawings completed before the death of the artist, the exhibit will feature 27 of the screen prints on canvas and all 13 drawings. In addition to the works by Warhol, five of the eight vehicles portrayed in the artwork will be displayed. The Mercedes-Benz Formula one racing car W 196 R with streamlined body, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” Coupe (W 198) and the Mercedes-Benz 750-kilogram formula racing car W 125, all make an appearance in this highly anticipated display. The show will also feature Andy Warhol’s own personal vehicle, a 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.

© 2022 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The series marks the first time that Warhol devoted himself to an industrial product that was made in Europe. Previous works such as “Coca-Cola Bottles” and the “Campbell’s Soup Cans” focused more on American made brands that were easily accessible everywhere. With the focus on a German made vehicle, Warhol focused more on changeability and historical character of the product with the eight models he chose to portray in his work.

After three decades, both art lovers and car lovers will get the chance to enjoy the innovation of the Mercedes-Benz brand over the years through the eyes of one of the most iconic American artists.

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