“Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture” at the Guggenheim in Bilbao

Jean Bugatti Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, 1936 Merle & Peter Mullin, Melani & Rob Walton and the Mullin Automotive Museum Foundation © Fotografía de Michael Furman
Jean BugattiBugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, 1936Merle & Peter Mullin, Melani & Rob Walton and the MullinAutomotive Museum Foundation© Fotografía de Michael Furman

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture, sponsored by Iberdrola and Volkswagen Group. The exhibition celebrates the artistic dimension of the automobile, linking it to the parallel fields of painting, sculpture, architecture, photography and film. Until 18 September.

Wifredo Ricart Pegaso Z-102 Cúpula, 1952 Louwman Museum © Louwman Museum
Wifredo Ricart Pegaso Z-102 Cúpula, 1952 Louwman Museum © Louwman Museum

The exhibition also explores the affinities between technology and art. It shows, for example, how the use of the wind tunnel helped to give the automobile an aerodynamic shape so that it could go faster while using energy more economically; this aerodynamic revolution was echoed in the works of the Futurist movement and other artists of the same period; and it was eventually reflected in the industrial design of everything from household appliances to locomotives.

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

Nearly forty automobiles have been brought together for the occasion, a selection of the best in each class in terms of beauty, uniqueness, technical progress and vision of the future. Placed in the centre of the rooms and surrounded by important works of art and architecture, many of them are presented to a wide public for the first time, having never left the private collections or public institutions to which they belong.

Motion is displayed in ten spaces in the Museum. Each of the seven galleries addresses a theme, in a quasi-chronological order that begins with the beginnings, continues with the rooms entitled Sculptures, Popularising, Sporting, Visionaries and Americana, and concludes with what the future of mobility may hold.

John Owen (Diseñador principal) Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance Formula One Racing Car, 2020 Mercedes-Benz Classic © Mercedes‑Benz AG

Around forty cars have been brought together for the occasion, a selection of the best in each class in terms of their beauty, uniqueness, technical progress and vision for the future

Norman Foster Foundation

Future includes the work of a young generation of students from sixteen design and architecture schools on four continents, who were invited by the Norman Foster Foundation to imagine what mobility would look like at the end of this century, coinciding with the bicentenary of the birth of the automobile.

The remaining four spaces include a corridor featuring a timeline and immersive sound experience, a working clay modelling studio, and an area dedicated to models.

More than any other invention, the automobile has radically transformed the urban and rural landscape of our planet and, in turn, our way of life. As we stand on the threshold of a new electric power revolution, this exhibition could be seen as a requiem for the last days of combustion.

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