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Andy Warhol: Cars at Daimler Contemporary, Berlin

Andy Warhol: Cars
at Daimler Contemporary, Berlin
With his 1986/87 Cars series Andy Warhol holds an outstanding position in the Daimler Art Collection. This was his last series of pictures, commissioned by the company on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the motor car, but  ever completed. 80 pictures were planned, intended to record the history of the motor car from the Daimler Motor Coach and the Benz Patent Motor Car dating from 1886 to the present day, using 20 selected Mercedes types. Only 35 pictures and 2 largeformat drawings representing eight different models were finished. 
As the artist put the brand Mercedes-Benz in the context of art, in the context of the “Warhol aura” he managed to bring together two high-class products. The name Warhol has a “mythic” attraction within the context of arts, as the attendances of his exhibitions are showing; just as the brand Mercedes-Benz in its context, which has—symbolized by the star—a constant field of connotations in the consumer  society of the 20th century: beautiful, fast, modern, high-quality. In the Museum Art & Cars Singen works from the Warhol Cars series will for the first time be exhibited in dialogue with historic Mercedes-Benz vehicles.


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