BMW Art Car # 6 - 1986 635 CSi by Robert Rauschenberg
American artist Robert Rauschenberg was also given a 635 CSi to decorate in 1986, but his project couldn’t have been any more different than Fuchs’ 6 Series -- or any other Art Car, for that matter. The first five examples were all hand-painted, but Rauschenberg used photographic methods to transfer images -- mostly of classical art pieces -- to the car’s sheetmetal.
“I think mobile museums would be a good idea,” said Rauschenberg. “This car is my fulfillment of my dream.”
To that end, Rauschenberg crafted a veritable collage of classical artworks, including Bronzino’s “Portrait of a Young Man” and Ingres’ “Odalisque.” Unfortunately for Rauschenberg, his mobile museum never moved very often, and ironically spent most of its life within conventional, fixed museums.
Rauschenberg was so inspired by his Art Car that he ultimately created a new series of works dubbed “Beamer,” which were also made from transparent films applied to enameled aluminum.