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Some 38 classic cars have parked up inside the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao – part of a new exhibition exploring the links between the automotive industry and the world of art, design and architecture.

The show, titled Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture, is curated by architect Norman Foster alongside the museum’s own Lekha Hileman Waitoller and Manuel Cirauqui. It looks back on the last century of cars, from a design point of view as well as their many connections with the wider world of culture.

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Car fanatics can examine some 38 iconic vehicles, including the Ferrari 250 GTO and the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, which have been transported to the Guggenheim Bilbao’s second floor. They’re surrounded by paintings, sculptures, photographs and even architectural models all inspired by the form and purpose of the automotive.

Many of these pieces are drawn from Norman Foster’s private collection and include work by Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Dorothea Lange and Edward Ruscha. There are also the designs for an unrealised project by Frank Lloyd Wright – himself a prodigious car collector – featuring a spiralling ramp that prefigured his Guggenheim New York design.

Image: Michael Furman

The final part of the exhibition looks to the future of mobility, with speculative designs by 16 international design schools.

‘Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture’ runs from 8 April to 18 September 2022 at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

Image: Rodney Morr
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