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The French auctioneer and racing driver Hervé Poulain had the idea for the first BMW Art Car. On his initiative, the American artist Alexander Calder painted a BMW 3.0 CSL in 1975. Hervé Poulain drove this car himself in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1975. The work of art with black lines created the following year by New Yorker Frank Stella, also based on a BMW 3.0 CSL, competed in Le Mans in 1976. The vehicles later designed by Roy Lichtenstein (1977), Andy Warhol (1979) and Jenny Holzer (1999) also took part in the 24-hour race at Le Mans.

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A number of other well-known artists have designed BMW series and racing cars, such as Ernst Fuchs (1982), Robert Rauschenberg (1986), Michael Nelson Jakamarra (1989), Ken Done (1989), Matazo Kayama (1990), César Manrique (1990 ), A.R. Penck (1991), Esther Mahlangu[3] (1991), Sandro Chia (1992), David Hockney (1995) and Olafur Eliasson (2007).





Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, usually known under its abbreviation BMW, is a luxury vehicles, motorcycle, and engine manufacturing company founded in 1916.

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