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Image - the BMW M6 GT3 / Source - BMW
 
At the Guggenheim Museum in New York last week, BMW announced that it is to carry on the BMW Art Car project and revealed which two new artists have been enlisted to take part.
 
This edition marks the 40th anniversary of the series, which has seen some of the 20th and 21st centuries’ most renowned artists put their own twist on a BMW. Previous artists to have collaborated with the high-end car manufacturer include David Hockney, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Alexander Calder created the first BMW Art Car, which took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1975, whereas Jeff Koons created the most recent Art Car in 2010.
 

Image - John Baldessari & Cao Fei / Image - BMW

For this edition, Cao Fei & John Baldessari will each be given a BMW M6 GT3 as a canvas that they will have to transform into a work of art. Fei will create the 18th BMW art car, whilst Baldessari will create the 19th car of the series, both of which will be revealed in 2017. Following the Art Car tradition, the finished art vehicles will not only be presented in museums across the world: they will also have to perform on the racetrack.
 
Cao Fei & Baldessari will respectively be the youngest and oldest artists to have taken part in the project. Baldessari is a Californian artist, known for his colourful works using photographs, whilst Cao Fei, who hails from China, is a multimedia artist that was awarded the Hugo Boss prize in 2010.
Baldessari commented on the project with the luxury brand, saying: " Creating art that exists outside of a museum is important to me, and should be a goal for all artists. This will definitely be my fastest artwork yet.”
 
Even though it may be a while before we get to see the finished Art Cars, you can be sure of one thing: these cars won’t be like any BMW you’ve ever seen before.