Frank Stella x BMW 3.0 CSL
Remember those great BMW Art Cars?!

Frank Stella x BMW 3.0 CSL in 1976

Born in 1936 in Malden, Massachusetts, Frank Stella studied art at the Phillips Academy in Andover, USA, at the age of 14. After studying history at Princeton University, he set up a studio in New York. At the age of 23 he had his own exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In the 1960s, his “post-abstractionist” colour paintings in the context of Pop Art went down in art history.

In his design for the BMW 3.0 CSL, Stella parted with his free works and was inspired by the technical charisma of the racing coupé. The result was a black-and-white square grid that looks like oversized graph paper in its exactness.

Every shape of the body parts is gridded through this graph paper, so that all curves and bulges are formally captured and precisely described. Stella’s coupé took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1976 – a very special premiere for the passionate fan of car racing for his work of art.

The Frank Stella x BMW 3.0 CSL

– Six-cylinder in-line engine

– 24 valves

– two overhead camshafts

– 3210 cm³ displacement

– 750 HP

– Top speed: 341 km/h

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