May 10 – September 25 2011
The first special exhibition of the Daimler Art Collection to be held in the Mercedes-Benz Museum (built by UN Studio), which first opened its doors in 2006, showcases key exhibits from the collection as well as new work commissioned by renowned international artists in various thematic stages – integrated into the company’s history on a floor area of 16,500 m².
The exhibition will also include numerous works created as studies of the models and design of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, thereby entering into an artistic dialog with the history of Mercedes-Benz automobiles. These include the legendary CARS series by Andy Warhol, originally designed by the pop art icon 25 years ago for the 100th anniversary of the automobile.
In addition to further works with automotive ties including pieces by Bertrand Lavier, Robert Longo and Vincent Szarek, as well as new commissioned works by Sylvie Fleury, Nic Hess, Philippe Parreno and Michael Sailstorfer will be on display for the first time at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
A separate exhibition area of 600 m² will present the key thematic areas of the collection: The exhibition ranges from classics of Constructive and Concrete art from the Southern Germany to videos and photography by international contemporaries. Around 250 pieces by about 120 international artists will be on exhibit.
This exhibition, hitherto the most comprehensive presentation of the Daimler Art Colllection, will be accompanied by a comprehensive supporting and educational program. Special publications such as an essay on the “Stages of Modern Art in Stuttgart 1986 – 2011″ and the “ABC of the Daimler Art Collection for Students” are being designed for the exhibition. In addition to this work book for high school and college students, there will also be an accompanying book with training programs for teachers.