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BMW Z1 art car - A.R. Penck 1991

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For A.R. Penck, the BMW Z1 was already a "work of art", in which the creativity and fantasy of the engineer and designer were reflected.


An automobile then which simultaneously lives up to the name Art Car in several senses. And it was from the technical design of the Z1 that Penck drew his inspiration for his work. The artist set the modern appearance of the car in contrast with the sign language, which in its simplicity recalls prehistoric cave paintings. However, it is at the same time a challenge to the observer, as the apparently straightforward symbols, evolved by a long process of abstraction, are in fact ciphers to be decoded.

Source: BMW World

A.R. Penck - The Artist

A.R. Penck was born in Dresden, East Germany, and studied together with a group of other neo-expressionist painters in Dresden. He became one of the foremost exponents of the new figuration alongside Jorg Immendorff, Georg Baselitz and Markus L├╝pertz. Under the communist regime, they were watched by the secret police and were considered dissidents. In the late 1970s they were included in shows in West Berlin and were seen as exponents of free speech in the East. Their work was shown by major museums and galleries in the West throughout the 1980s. They were included in a number of important shows including the famous Zeitgeist exhibition in the well-known Martin Gropius Bau museum and the important "New Art" show at the Tate in 1983.

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