The Mercedes-Benz Art Collection was started in 1977 and has grown continuously since then to its present total of about 1800 works. The collection reflects the 20th century’s trend-setting abstract-constructive, conceptual or minimalist views of the image.
But the concept behind it also includes a small number of commissioned works. An important step towards making the collection more international was taken in 1986, when Andy Warhol received a commission on the occasion of the company’s 100th anniversary. The Cars series was to have included 80 pictures, but only 36 pictures and 13 drawings had been completed when the artist died in 1987. For the first time this important series of Pop Art is being shown complete in Haus Huth.
Joining this series are drawings and airbrushed paintings by Robert Longo. A quality of sculptural draftsmanship ‘touches’ the sculpturally dimensioned forms of the shells of the Cars (a sequence of 5 black-and-white ›portraits‹ of Mercedes-Benz models) that Longo realized as a commission for the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection from 1995 to 1998.