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Strong points:

* July 23, 2022 at January 22, 2023 to Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles

* The exhibition presents 40 works by by Andy Warhol important series of cars

* The works are exhibited with five of the Mercedes-Benz vehicle models represented by Warhol

* The series returns to the United States for the first time in over 30 years

stuttgart/Los Angeles – Of July 23, 2022 at January 22, 2023the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection will showcase some of its most prestigious and arguably best-known treasures at the show Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles: the exhibition ‘Andy Warhol: Cars – Works from the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection’ presents 27 serigraphs on canvas and 13 drawings by by Andy Warhol the famous series Cars. In the photos, the American pop artist uses eight selected Mercedes-Benz models to document the history of the automobile – from the Benz Patent Motor Car of 1886 to the C 111-II research car built in 1970. At the Petersen Automotive Museum – one of the largest automotive museums in the world – works are on display along with five of the eight vehicles represented by Warhol – including the streamlined Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 W 196 R racing car, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL’seagull wing‘ Coupé (W 198) and the 750 kilogram Mercedes-Benz W 125 formula racing car.

Renate Wiehager, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection: “Since the highly acclaimed presentation at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1988, by Andy Warhol The Cars series has been invited to major museums around the world. We are very happy that after more than 30 years, it will be widely seen in the United States. Warhol’s name has “mythical” appeal in the context of art, as shown by the number of visitors to his exhibitions. This is also true of the Mercedes-Benz brand name in its context, which – materialized by the star symbol – has a sure field of connotations: beautiful, fast, modern, luxurious, quality.

Renata Jungo Brunggermember of the Board of directors of Mercedes-Benz Group for Integrity and Legal Affairsis also responsible for the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection: “We are delighted to once again make these stunning images accessible to a wide international audience in the Los Angeles exhibition and thus contribute to the promotion of culture and education. Because that is precisely the purpose of our art collection: with our social commitment to culture and education, we want to create a recognizable benefit for the common good. by Andy Warhol works of art have inspired people for generations – just like Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Two great brands come together in the Cars series.’

The Cars Series: Legendary Bond Between Andy Warhol and Mercedes-Benz

The Cars series is one of the last coherent sets of works by Andy Warhol before his death in February 1987. The artist created the series at the turn of the year 1986/87 on behalf of the time Daimler-Benz AG on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the automobile. Originally, 80 photos of 20 car models from eight different decades were planned, but only 36 screen prints on canvas and 13 drawings could be made. To date, 30 serigraphs and drawings from the series are part of the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection. The works are accessible to different Mercedes-Benz Group sites to employees and the public on recorded guided tours.

Renate Wiehager: “Warhol saw himself as a partner in commissioning situations whose aim was to transfer a product into another context: into the context of art, into the context of the ‘Warhol aura’. However, such a product transfer succeeds especially when two products meet on the same plane. The alliance commission between Andy Warhol and Mercedes-Benz can be described as a stroke of luck on “equal terms”. Two cutting-edge products have come together here, each of which is absolutely ‘top’ in its field.’

In his series Cars, Andy Warhol is dedicated for the first time to an industrial product of European origin. After the ‘Coca-Cola Bottles’, the ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’ or the dollar bills that made the American famous in the 1960s, a legendary brand in German automotive history is today in the center of his art. With the eight vehicle models represented, Warhol shows both the scalability and the historical character of a product. For Warhol’s earlier series with motifs from Campbell’s, Heinz or Del Monte, it was essential that American products be deliverable everywhere and available to infinity. In Warhol’s paintings of the 1980s, this “now-temporality” is transformed into an attitude that also allows for the past and development.

The Mercedes-Benz Art Collection

The Mercedes-Benz Art Collection was founded in 1977 and is today one of Europe’s most important internationally renowned corporate collections. The collection includes approximately 3,000 works by over 650 artists. The early interest, first linked to pictorial works, was directed towards the artists of South Germany. These included teachers and students from Stuttgart Academy such as Adolf Holzel, Oskar Schlemmer, Willi Baumeister, Hans Arpe and Maximum bill. Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection also includes international art and has a clear profile based on art and science. This is based on the systematic structure of the collection with content focused on abstract-constructive, conceptual and minimalist art as well as contemporary photography and media art.

Exhibitions of works in the company, at the Mercedes-Benz Contemporary on Potsdamer Platz Berlin and in international museums (New York, Detroit, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires), allow the art-interested public to engage with the large-scale collection. In addition, the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection awards sponsorship prizes for young art and offers an accompanying educational program for schoolchildren. The corporate collection emphasizes sustainable processes: for example, it presents thematic exhibitions in different locations and uses materials and technology for exhibition concepts in a multifunctional way. At the same time, it plans packaging and transport efficiently and for long-term use, and reduces travel distances as much as possible.

Further information on the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection can be found on the Internet: mercedes-benz.art/

Tickets for the exhibition and more information on the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles are available at www.petersen.org.

Photos with numbers 22C0255_01, 22C0255_02, 22C0255_03 and 22C0255_04 are also available on Mercedes-Benz Group Media.

Please note the following important information before and when using images with artwork by Andy Warhol (image numbers 22C0255_01 and 22C0255_02):

The Andy Warhol Foundation draws attention to the fact that permission to reproduce the images is granted only for use in conjunction with media reports on the exhibition “Andy Warhol: Cars – Works from the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection” at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles of July 23, 2022 at January 22, 2023. All reproductions of images must be accompanied by the following caption: 2022 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Authorized by Artists’ Rights Society (ARS), New York.. Any digital reproduction of the images can only be published with a resolution not exceeding 72 dpi and a size of max. 4 inches (W x H). Images may not be offered for download.

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