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Albertina Palace in Vienna hosts a temporary exhibition of works from the Daimler Art Collection. The exhibition, named “Andy Warhol. Cars.” is dedicated to cars and the history of automobile showed through works by artists Andy Warhol, Robert Longo, Sylvie Fleury, and Vincent Szarek. The car brand featured is obviously the Mercedes-Benz.
The highlight which also gave the exhibition the name is Andy Warhol’s CARS, a series of 35 silk screen prints which show eight different types of Mercedes cars to document its history. Andy Warhol, who was a painter, printmaker, filmmaker, and a top representative of American pop art, created the CARS just before his death in 1986-1987.
Mercedes Benz asked Andy Warhol to create the series to commemorate its 100 year anniversary. Originally 80 images based on 20 different Mercedes models were planned, but only 35 of them were finished in the end. In Albertina it is now for the first time in about 20 years when this series can be seen together.
Another part of the exhibition is Robert Longo’s black and white drawings and airbrushed paintings of automobiles. Robert Longo (*1953) is a New York painter and sculptor. He became famous in the 1980s for his “Men in the Cities” series. Longo is also a film and music video director (for example he directed the clip for The One I Love by R.E.M.).
The exhibition also shows six video films about Mercedes Benz, which were originally made in 2005 for the Mercedes Benz Centre in Paris. The author, Sylvie Fleury (*1961), is a Swiss performance and object artist.
The youngest artist featured is Vincent Szarek (*1973), who has created sculptures based on some design elements of the Mercedes-Benz SLR. As a new and modern kind of art, the sculptures were developed using 3D software.
The exhibition Andy Warhol Cars is temporary and runs from 22 January to 16 May 2010. It is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, on Wednesdays it closes at 9 pm. Entrance fee is EUR 9.50 (EUR 8 with Vienna Card). Admission is free for people under 19.
Albertina is situated in the first district (Innere Stadt) between the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) and Vienna State Opera next to the Burggarten and Augustinerkirche.
For getting to Albertina you can take bus 3A to Albertinaplatz (Augustinerstrasse). Albertinaplatz is less than 5 minutes walk from Opernring, so you can take U-Bahn U1, U2, or U4 to Karlsplatz and exit in direction to the Staatsoper, and then you just walk around the opera building.
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