The BMW Art Cars go digital. Acute Art and BMW are presenting the first ever BMW Art Cars exhibition in augmented reality.

Munich. To celebrate 50 years of cultural commitment,
BMW is joining forces with Acute Art to initiate a unique exhibition:
For the first time ever the renowned BMW Art Car Collection is shown
in augmented reality (AR). On July 21, the project is launched via the
free Acute Art app, marking the first time that the digital rolling
sculptures are available for everyone all around the world at any time.

Initiated by French race car driver and art aficionado Hervé Poulain
and conceived in collaboration with the founder of BMW Motorsport
Jochen Neerpasch, the first BMW Art Car was commissioned when both
asked Alexander Calder to design Poulain’s BMW race car in 1975. Since
then, 19 prominent artists from throughout the world have designed BMW
automobiles of their times, all making extremely different artistic
statements and reflecting the cultural and historical development of
art, design, and technology. On the occasion of 50 years of BMW Group
Cultural Engagement, the Art Cars are finally entering the digital
realm and can virtually be staged in this wholly immersive 360°
exhibition: indoors, outdoors and in any location the user desires.

On July 21, the first BMW Art Cars can be experienced via the App:
Alexander Calder (BMW 3.0 CSL, 1975), Michael Jagamara Nelson (BMW M3,
1989), Ken Done (BMW M3, 1989), Matazo Kayama (BMW 535i, 1990), Esther
Mahlangu (BMW 525i, 1991), Jeff Koons (BMW M3 GT2, 2010) and John
Baldessari (BMW M6 GTLM, 2016). From then on, further BMW Art Cars
will be integrated in the Acute Art App every two weeks. On time for
the Art Basel in Basel all Art Cars will be included in the App.

To fully discover and experience the interactive BMW Art Cars, the
Acute Art app is available free of charge on the App
and Google Play.

1. Scan the QR code (in the PDF attached) using your smartphone and
download the Acute Art
via the App Store or Google Play.
2. Open the Acute Art
app and select “BMW Art Cars”, select a car and then the “place”
3. Point your phone towards the floor and tap to place
the work. Drag your finger across the screen to rotate and scale it.

The Acute Art app uses cutting-edge technology that works best on
high-end phones with the latest software. The devices supported are
iPhone X or above, and Samsung Galaxy S8 or equivalent. The app
requires a phone with a minimum of 4GB of memory and Apple iOS 11 or
Android 8.0 Oreo (API 24) operating system. For more information,
please visit

The BMW Group is committed to supporting and facilitating culture,
partnering with world renowned institutions and artists. Through
mutual respect and curiosity, BMW is connecting people through culture
across the globe – both physically and virtually. This is why BMW is
partnering up with Acute Art: to push the physical boundaries of art
by exploring the medium in a different dimension.

“The BMW Art Cars are an essential part of the DNA of BMW’s
50-year-long cultural engagement. Finally, they are entering the
digital realm and can be accessible everywhere and for everyone. I am
excited about the collaboration with Acute Art as we both strive for
innovation and cutting edge technology. I can‘t wait to place the Art
Cars in my living room and get behind the wheel of these exceptional
masterpieces!”, says Pieter Nota, member of the Board of
Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales

Acute Art collaborates with the world’s leading
contemporary artists, providing access to cutting-edge technologies
that allow them to translate their creative vision into new digital
mediums – including virtual, augmented and mixed realities. Today’s
immersive media give rise to new possibilities for the production and
distribution of art and the arrival of augmented reality makes
possible entirely new exhibition formats.

“We are thrilled about this partnership with BMW, a company that has
demonstrated an exceptional commitment to technological innovation and
art over decades” says Jacob De Geer, CEO of Acute
. “Acute Art was founded on the vision of democratising
art and bringing it to places where it could not be before. In these
challenging times we have to find new solutions. The collaboration
with the BMW Group will intensify the exchange between technology,
design and art. Together we will explore future landscapes involving
today’s most innovative minds working in these fields.”

Acute Art’s collaboration with the BMW Group will make the Art Cars
digitally visible anywhere in the world for the very first time.
Through the app, they can be individually displayed, or users can also
display multiple vehicles together at the same time. To this end, the
real Art Cars were carefully scanned from all angles using a
photogrammetry methodology, capturing every detail of the artists’
intervention on the car’s surface. Finally, the cars were assembled
digitally to create an accurate representation of the Art Cars in AR.

During Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland, the BMW Group will celebrate
50 years of cultural commitment with this unique interactive
exhibition at Kunstmuseum Basel on September 21. The BMW Art Car by
Alexander Calder will be on display and a specially created augmented
reality area will invite guests to experience the digital Art Cars in
the Acute Art App on-site.


For further questions please contact:
Prof. Dr
Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Head of Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49 89 382

Media website:

Irene Due
Acute Art
Head of Communications
+44 203 751 0563