BMW Art Car # 9 - 1990 535i by Matazo Kayama
In 1990, BMW commissioned its first Japanese artist -- Matazo Kayama -- to use his talents on a new 535i sedan -- arguably, the least sporty Art Car produced to this point.
Like Rauschenberg before him, Matazo broke from hand painting the car, opting instead to utilize an airbrush and metal clippings. According to Matazo, the design portrays his fascination with BMW’s technology while linking the car to Japanese culture.
Matazo airbrushed elegantly flowing light- and dark blue lines long the 535i, along with a bird-like shape on the trunk. He then used the traditional Japanese methods of kirigane and arare -- metal cutting and foil impressions, respectively -- to tie the car to his native country.
“I did not become fully aware of the BMW’s distinctive contours until after the car had been fully dressed in color,” Matazo remarked after seeing his car finished and elegantly draped with paint and reflective metals.