CARS – Driven by Design. Sports Cars from the 1950s to the 1970s

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale (SS), Prototipo Bertone, 1957, Designer: Franco Scalglione, Leihgeber: Lopresto, Corrado - Lopresto Collection © Carrstudio / Collezione Lopresto
BMW 507 Vorserien Prototyp, 1955, Designer: Albrecht Graf von Goertz, Privatsammlung, Foto: Oliver Sold
BMW 507 Vorserien Prototyp, 1955, Designer: Albrecht Graf von Goertz, Privatsammlung, Foto: Oliver Sold

27 September 2018 – 10 February 2019

They are fast, beautiful, eccentric and innovative: sports cars from the 1950s to the 1970s. Automobiles, whose bodies and engines combine to form an aesthetic “Gesamtkunstwerk”.

In recent decades these cars have become sought-after collector’s items and, not least in terms of design, have enjoyed cult status – and deservedly so. Hardly any design object has transformed our lives so fundamentally, beyond its mere practical application. Against this backdrop the exhibition presents around 30 outstanding sports cars, all of which rank among the very icons of the history of design and technology.

The exhibition features legendary sports cars such as the Mercedes Benz 300 SL (1954), based on a racing car, the aero-dynamically designed Jaguar E-Type (1961) and the elegant Lancia Aurelia Spider (1954). The presentation also includes cult cars from the 1960s, such as the Lamborghini Miura and the Toyota GT 2000, one of the most beautiful Japanese models ever produced.

Further interesting insights in terms of design and technology are offered by the so-called Concept Cars by Mercedes-Benz (C111-II) and BMW (Turbo) from the 1970s, as well as a number of prototypes, such as the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS from 1957, whose shape is somewhat reminiscent of a rocket-like UFO.

The exhibition is the first of its kind directing the focus on the car as a work of art combining form, technology, design and emotion.

 Curator: Dieter Castenow, Barbara Til

BMW Turbo (Concept Car), 1972, Designer: Paul Bracq, Leihgeber: BMW Group Classic, Foto: Oliver Sold
BMW Turbo (Concept Car), 1972, Designer: Paul Bracq, Leihgeber: BMW Group Classic, Foto: Oliver Sold

Audio guide
70 Min, German/English: 3 €

Catalogue
Exhibition catalogue in German and English with Contributions by Christopher Butt, Markus Caspers, Felix Krämer, Niklas Maak, Barbara Til with Dieter Castenow and Paolo Tumminelli Hirmer Publishers, ca. 180 pages and 100 illustrations
Museum edition: 29,80 €
retail edition: 39,80 €

Social Media
The Museum Kunstpalast is communicating the exhibition with the hashtag #PSkunstpalast

Guided Tours

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, 1962, Designer: Ercola Spada, Privatsammlung
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, 1962, Designer: Ercola Spada, Privatsammlung

Private guided tours (foreign language)
60-minute guided tour: 75 € plus entrance fee
10 € foreign language supplement
Maximum group size: 20 people, pre-booking required





 

 

 

Hotel Packages

Düsseldorf Tourismus GmbH offers an hotel package for the exhibition.
Bookings: /www.living-hotels.com/en/offers/sportscars/
 

Hotel Recommendations
Derag Livinghotel de Medici, Mühlenstr. 31 // https://www.living-hotels.com/hotel-de-medici-duesseldorf/en/
Hotel Indigo, Kaiserswerther Str. 20 // www.ihg.com
Hotel Meliá, Inselstr.2 // www.melia.com
Hotel Hyatt Regency, Speditionsstr. 19 // https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/germany/hyatt-regency-dusseldorf/dusse

Hotel Art Packages

Derag Livinghotel De Medici in Düsseldorf offers an art package for the exhibition.
Bookings: /www.living-hotels.com/en/offers/sportscars/






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