July 21, 2012 5:17 am

Snapshot: ‘BMW Art Car’, by Andy Warhol

The hand-painted masterpiece goes on display on Saturday at a car park in east London
'Art Car’ by Andy Warhol

A can of Campbell’s soup, it’s not. But Andy Warhol still considered the BMW “art car” he designed to be a masterpiece. “It’s much better than a work of art,” he said in 1979 when he hand-painted a BMW M1 in bold strokes of green, yellow, red and blue, running the colours into each other to portray speed. The car, estimated to be worth about £20m, goes on display on Saturday at a car park in east London as part of Art Drive! BMW Art Car Collection 1975-2010, a new show curated by London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Another 15 BMWs are exhibited over six floors of the car park, one of which is reserved for cars by the “Masters of Pop” Roy Lichtenstein, Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg. The collection began in 1975 when US sculptor Alexander Calder designed a BMW racing car for his friend Hervé Poulain, a French driver and auctioneer; its latest acquisition is a 2010 Jeff Koons.

At NCP Great Eastern Street Car Park, London EC2, until August 4

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