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      12-08-2011, 11:13 AM   #1
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Big Art on a Small Scale. Jeff Koons decorates a Limited-Edition BMW Miniature / Art Car.

08.12.2011


Munich. Power, motion, and light inspired American artist Jeff Koons as he worked on the legendary BMW M3 GT2 (more info here and here). Bearing his unmistakable style, the entire body of the artwork is adorned with vivid, streamlined colors against a black background, giving the viewer an impression of motion and speed from every angle. But the BMW M3 GT2 Art Car Jeff Koons doesn’t just dazzle on the racetrack, it also exudes dynamism at a scale of 1:18 in its limited-edition miniature version. The metal model is a full-detail reproduction of the original vehicle, for which the artist intentionally selected a contrasting silver interior. The removable hood allows you to see the engine inside, the trunk can also be opened, and the air ducts are easily visible. The cockpit and the lettering on the wheels look just like those of its big brother, and the steerable front axle and plastic sports seatbelts will delight fans of exclusive automobiles. A clear varnish protects the special, brilliantly colored transfers and will keep this designer piece shining for years to come. The edition is limited to 5,000 miniatures, each of which is supplied in its own display case, appealing to automotive enthusiasts and art lovers alike.

High-Speed Automotive Art.

Jeff Koons, who became famous with his stainless-steel balloon animals and massive flower sculptures, corresponded closely with BMW Motorsport and BMW Group Chief Designer Adrian van Hooydonk during 2010, and together with the company’s design and development team he transposed his art onto a real racing vehicle which competed in Le Mans the same year. For the car-loving American artist, the project was a dream come true. “I always thought it would be an honor to design a BMW Art Car,” says Jeff Koons. “I am very happy to join the tradition which was founded by such greats as Calder, Lichtenstein, Stella, and Warhol.” His prolific work with three-dimensional structures predestined Koons to design an Art Car, and by doing so he has continued a decades-long tradition at BMW.

Alexander Calder painted the first BMW in the Art Car Collection in 1975. He was followed by well-known artists such as Frank Stella with his distinctive grid pattern, and pop art icons Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Robert Rauschenberg. The latest predecessors of the Jeff Koons Art Car were designed by David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, and most recently Olafur Eliasson. The latter, a Danish artist, entitled his work “Your mobile expectations: BMW H2R project”, for which he removed the outer shell of a hydrogen-driven prototype and replaced it with a complex skin of steel mesh, shining metal plates, and diverse layers of ice.

The BMW Art Cars, of which there are now no fewer than 17, reflect the cultural and historical development of art, design, and technology.

The BMW M3 GT2 Art Car Jeff Koons at a scale of 1:18 has been available since the beginning of December 2011 from selected BMW dealerships and on the Internet at www.bmw-shop.com.


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      12-08-2011, 11:32 AM   #2
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I could stare at that car all day.
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      12-08-2011, 12:02 PM   #3
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Link doesn't list it anywhere on the site.
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looks beautiful, shame it didnt do well at Le Mans but its presence was enough.
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I will buy two, one for my office and one for home!!!
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      12-08-2011, 01:01 PM   #7
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A 1st grade student could have done this. Art sometimes cracks me up. i passed by an art studio with a blown up picture of a folded dinner napkin. They were asking $150,000 for it lol.
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Jason: when I went to the BMW shop / miniature / art car. I could not find this amazing M3 GT2 but two 5 series art cars. Sold out? or not yet available?
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I could not find them on the site either.
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I found it on BMW Canada, but it is Temporarily out of stock. Here is the link: https://www.bmwshop.ca/item_detail.aspx?ItemNumber=1445
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As per the usual case of BMW Miniatures , BMW employees get the first opportunity. And of course the Cultural/Motorsport division who worked on the project all took one. The miniature is sold out just now but should be back in stock within Munich later this month or at the earliest , sometime in January.

It brings together all the 1/18 Art Car Miniatures from BMW which I have displayed in my home office.

Here is a closer look at the miniature. The bonnet and trunk are removeable.
But the detail is superb and correct to every position on the actual car itself.

The new F30 3er is also coming soon in 1/87 , 1/43 and 1/18 scales -
1/87 3er "Sportline" in Melbourne Red shown.
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As per the usual case of BMW Miniatures , BMW employees get the first opportunity. And of course the Cultural/Motorsport division who worked on the project all took one. The miniature is sold out just now but should be back in stock within Munich later this month or at the earliest , sometime in January.

It brings together all the 1/18 Art Car Miniatures from BMW which I have displayed in my home office.

Here is a closer look at the miniature. The bonnet and trunk are removeable.
But the detail is superb and correct to every position on the actual car itself.

The new F30 3er is also coming soon in 1/87 , 1/43 and 1/18 scales -
1/87 3er "Sportline" in Melbourne Red shown.
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There is currently one available on eBay for...gulp...$500. I think someone is taking a lesson from the Pacific BMW "market adjustment" page.
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      12-08-2011, 03:17 PM   #15
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Never a fan of the rally art cars but that looks good.


P.S. Koons. All my persians will get that one.
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Never a fan of the rally art cars but that looks good.


P.S. Koons. All my persians will get that one.
Yeah. Total AHoles.


As an aside, I love the Jeff Koons car... But I'm still searching for a Alpine White Kyosho E92.

What's the deal with such limited run model cars?
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I remember watching the TV special on the making of this art car. It was wrapped rather than painted. I like the concept, just not the execution of it.
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      12-09-2011, 01:50 AM   #18
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I pre-ordered mine on the BMW web-shop in September. It was onlt to be availble in December. It arrived 2 weeks ago and it is AMAZING
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Cool model, interesrted to see what the price will be. If its anything close to 500 bucks, that's a little much to spend on a dust collector.
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Yeah. Total AHoles.


As an aside, I love the Jeff Koons car... But I'm still searching for a Alpine White Kyosho E92.

What's the deal with such limited run model cars?
Matt, I have a 1/18 Alpine White Kyosho e92 M3 - PM me if you're interested.
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CANT FIND IT ANYWHERE uGHHHHH
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