With his 1986/87 Cars series Andy Warhol holds an outstanding position in the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection. This was his last series of pictures, commissioned by the company on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the motor car, but ever completed. 80 pictures were planned, intended to record the history of the motor car from the Daimler Motor Coach and the Benz Patent Motor Car dating from 1886 to the present day, using 20 selected Mercedes types. Only 36 pictures and 13 largeformat drawings representing eight different models were finished. As the artist put the brand Mercedes-Benz in the context of art, in the context of the “Warhol aura” he managed to bring together two high-class products. The name Warhol has a “mythic” attraction within the context of arts, as the attendances of his exhibitions are showing; just as the brand Mercedes-Benz in its context, which has—symbolized by the star—a constant field of connotations in the consumer society of the 20th century: beautiful, fast, modern, high-quality. In the Museum Art & Cars Singen works from the Warhol Cars series will for the first time be exhibited in dialogue with historic Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
Andy Warhol, Silberpfeil and Stromlinie
Andy Warhol, Mercedes Benz C111 / II from 1970
Andy Warhol, Benz Patent-Motorwagen
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