The relationship between BMW and art isn’t always this direct. But to give you an idea, it is not limited to the special liveries that are placed on the brand’s race cars. Proof of this is the work done by Adrian Mitu. Hailing from Romania, Mitu used mainly coffee to come out with a total of 101 paintings that showcase the century-long history of the brand. Done in a period of 30 days, Mitu said that with coffee known for boosting energy, it was the perfect complement for the BMW Motorsport theme.
Since coffee has warm shades, Mitu utilized watercolors that had cooler undertones. This not only managed to contrast the shade of the coffee but also helped highlight certain areas of the painting allowing it to catch the eyes of the viewer even more. The results are not only captivating but also exhilarating. One can only imagine the skill and talent needed to come up with these sketches considering that they were live painting sessions.
It should be noted that as ambitious as this project may be, it is not simply about BMW models. The paintings also reveal the legendary races, and even the significant wins that the brand has experienced over the years. Examples include the 1939 Le Mans and the 1940 Mille Miglia. Then there are also the Nürburgring races during the 1970s with well-known Hans-Joachim Stuck behind the wheel of not just the CSL but even the M1.
Titled as “Heroes of Bavaria: 75 Years of BMW Motorsport,” all 101 paintings will be put on display starting May 23 in the U.S. The exhibit was made possible through the BMW Car Club of America Foundation. The public can enjoy the exhibit which will be open all through the summer. Fans will also be given the chance to visit the BMW Performance Center, and even the facility located in Spartanburg, California. In addition to the painting, actual models will be put on display as well. These include, among many others, the 1937 BMW 328, 3.0 CSL Group 5, along with the newer models like the E46 M3 GT, and the Z4 GT. Shown as well will be the Williams FW-22, which is powered by BMW, and the same model raced during the 2000 F1 season.
BMW, which is the acronym for Bayerische Motoren Werke, manufactures motorcycles, luxury vehicles, and engine. Founded back in 1916, it is currently one of the world’s highest selling luxury automaker. Headquartered in Munich, Bavaria, BMW is the parent of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and owns Mini cars.
One technology that is exclusive to the brand is known as ConnectedDrive. Through this system, apps and services can be managed using the on-board computer. By 2014, the brand introduced new functions to the ConnectedDrive which was mainly based on telecommunications. Recent updates now allow the ConnectedDrive update to act as a concierge and to display traffic data in real time. There is also an emergency call system which works well with the present driving assistance services.