Petersen Museum to display Andy Warhol’s “Cars” Series alongside iconic Mercedes-Benz models

Photography Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum

Although best known for his works focused on pop culture (soup anyone?), Andy Warhol was no stranger to the automotive world. In addition to painting a BMW M1, Warhol was also commissioned by Mercedes-Benz to create art to celebrate the car maker’s 100th anniversary back in the mid-'80s

40 of those works, better known as the “Cars” series, will go on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum starting July 23–appearing for the first time in North America in over 30 years.

Titled “Andy Warhol: Cars–Works from the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection,” the exhibition will also showcase legendary Mercedes-Benz models depicted in the art like a 1937 W125, a 1970 C111-II and a 1954 W196 piloted by Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss.

As well, Warhol’s Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow–which the artist famously never drove–will also be on display.

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J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
7/11/22 11:16 a.m.

Just another reason to head to the Petersen. I've been watching the Netflix documentary on Warhol. It's interesting to gain a new perspective on someone who very carefully cultivated his public persona.

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