Past exhibition

Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture

04.08.2022 - 09.18.2022

Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture celebrates the artistic dimension of the automobile and links it to the parallel worlds of painting, sculpture, architecture, photography and film. In this holistic approach, the exhibition challenges the separate silos of these disciplines and explores how they are visually and culturally linked together.

The exhibition considers the affinities between technology and art, showing for example how the use of the wind tunnel helped to aerodynamically shape the automobile to go faster with more economic use of power. This streamlining revolution was echoed in works of the Futurist movement and by other artists of the period. It was also reflected in the industrial design of everything, from household appliances to locomotives.

The exhibition brings together nearly forty automobiles—each the best of its kind in such terms as beauty, rarity, technical progress and a vision of the future. These are placed centre stage in the galleries and surrounded by significant works of art and architecture. Many of these have never before left their homes in private collections and public institutions, so they are being opened up to a wider audience for the first time. Unlike any other single invention, the automobile has completely transformed the urban and rural landscape of our planet and in turn our lifestyle. We are on the edge of a new revolution of electric power, so this exhibition could be seen as a requiem for the last days of combustion.

Curated by Norman Foster; Lekha Hileman Waitoller, Manuel Cirauqui, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Giotto Bizzarrini
Ferrari 250 GTO, 1962
Ten Tenths
© Ben de Chair

Virtual Tour

We’d like to invite you to enjoy a virtual tour of the exhibition Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture. This tour includes all the works and didactic texts in the show.

The Exhibition


Andy Warhol
Benz Patent Motor Car (1886), 1986
Silkscreen, acrylic on canvas
153 x 128 cm
Acquired 1986
Mercedes-Benz Art Collection, Stuttgart / Berlin
© 2022, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./VEGAP
Photograph: Uwe Seyl, Stuttgart

Constantin Brancusi
Fish (Le Poisson), 1926
Polished bronze
13.5 x 42 cm
Edition 3 of 8
Courtesy Kasmin Gallery
© Succession Brancusi - All rights reserved, VEGAP, 2022

Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder
January 31 (31 Janvier), 1950
Aluminium sheet and painted steel wire
385 x 575 cm
Centre Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne / Centre de creation industrielle, Paris, Francia. Purchased by the State, 1950. Attributed 1959
© 2022 Calder Foundation, New York / VEGAP, Madrid

Jean Bugatti
Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, 1936
Merle & Peter Mullin, Melani & Rob Walton and the Mullin Automotive Museum Foundation
© Photograph by Michael Furman

1936 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic 57374 rear 3q

Ron Herron (Archigram)
Free Time Node - Trailer Cage, 1967
Ink drawing and collage on board with letrafilm
40 x 54.5 cm
On loan from the Ron Herron Archive
© Ron Herron Archive
© VEGAP, Bilbao, 2022

Bridget Riley
Ch'i-Yün, 1974
Acrylic on linen
210.5 x 211.5 x 5.7 cm
Collection Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Gift of Rose M. Shuey, from the Collection of Dr. John and Rose M. Shuey.
© Bridget Riley, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2022
Photo: © Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Educational Community

Bridget Riley
Ferrari 250MM Berlinetta Carrera Panamericana

Ferrari 250MM Berlinetta Carrera Panamericana, 1953
Ten Tenths

David Hockney
Steering Wheel #3, October 1982, 1982
Photo collage
56 × 72 cm
Mercedes-Benz Art Collection, Stuttgart / Berlin
© David Hockney
Photo: Andreas Freytag, Stuttgart

David Hockney
Umberto Boccioni

Umberto Boccioni
Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, (Forme uniche della continuità nello spazio), 1913, (cast 1972)
117,5 x 87,6 x 36,8 cm
Tate, purchased 1972
© Tate

Ezra Stoller
General Motors Technical Center, 1949
© General Motors

Ezra Stoller
Edward Ruscha

Edward Ruscha
Standard Station, 1966
7‑color screenprint
65 x 101.6 cm
Artist proof
Courtesy of the artist
© Ed Ruscha

Ford Pierson Brothers Coupe, 1934
Bruce Meyer Collection, United States
Photo: © Ted7

Ford Pierson Brothers Coupe
University of Cape Town, South Africa

University of Cape Town, South Africa
U+, US+
Prof. Edgar Pieterse, Dr. Philippa Tumubweinee
Team Members
Heeten Bhagat, Emma Bracher, Brendon Clack, Tankiso Hantsi, Divine Masako, Dineo Mogotsi, Paul Richardson, Martin Wilson, Daniel Xu

Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden
Speculative Mobility
Demian Horst, Jonas Sandström
Team Members
Wanyi Du, Max Troicher, Lars Welten, David Wolter
Geely Auto, China
BMW AG, Germany

UMEA Institute of Design, Sweden
GM Photographic

GM Photographic
Images of the Clay Modelling Process of Different Historic Designs, 1933–87

GM Photographic
Images of the Clay Modelling Process of Different Historic Designs, 1933–87

GM Photographic

In the Museum


Video about The Exhibition