norman Foster explores the parallel worlds of automotive art and architecture



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celebrate a century of automotive design

Compiled by Norman To feed, ‘Movement. Autos, Art, Architecture’ is a journey around the world more than a century of automotive creation† Now on display in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbaothe exhibition explores the connection between the different disciplines and celebrates the beauty and technology of automobiles. The exhibition occupies the entire second floor of the museum and consists of: 38 emblematic and rarely seen cars and 300 other works of art dedicated to movement, including paintings and sculptures by renowned artists. Check out some of the most fascinating designs below and find out more about the exhibition in our previous section here.

‘Maybe that’s a big message today, we have to do more with less, we have to have more mobility, take fewer risks, use less energy and it has to be more fun. When you walk through this gallery and you see the different colors, the different shapes, you realize it’s an incredible wealth of variety and this is a very interesting lesson there for the future,’ said the architect at the opening of the exhibition.

Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, 1936

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exploring the future of mobility

At the opening, the curator of the show Norman Foster discussed with Herbert Diess (Volkswagen AG), Ignacio Galan (Iberdrola), and museum director Juan Ignacio Vidarte on the history of the car and the mobility of the future. Through this exhibition, the renowned British architect explores the cultural links between motorcycles, art and architecturethe ‘cultural synergy’ as he calls it. Visitors are invited to discover the beauty of automobiles fused with the parallel worlds of painting, sculpture, architecture, photography and film. The exhibition is divided into: seven galleries themed roughly in chronological order, echoing the role of the cars and highlighting critical issues of each era, such as sustainability. Wandering through the galleries, you can see iconic cult objects that have been glorified in the cinematography, are incorporated into the projects, illustrate modernity, speed and the future† As a result, the exhibition explores the affinities of the transformation of the automobile, coupled with the evolution of visual culture.

‘It has never been an exhibition that brings together different disciplines and creates a forum here where we can talk about energy, the future, mobility, pollution. So I approached the Guggenheim, in New York, with the idea. And because of that, some time later I was approached by Juan Ignacio who invited me to put together a team and create this exhibition. So that’s the backdrop to bring those different worlds together and celebrate the merging of everything that creates our daily existence, because we take the car for granted. And it has transformed the planet, and it will continue to transform it in optimistic directions,’ he mentioned in the Q&A session.

Norman Foster's 'motion' exhibition explores the parallel worlds of automobile, art and architecture
Ferrari, 250 GTO, 1962. Tenths, United Kingdom

According to the architect, the first car he drove was a 1935 Morris Eight. “If I had to pick one car, maybe I’d bring an original dymaxion back to life, the creation of Buckminster Fuller and designer Starling Burgess,” adds the initiator of the show. Interestingly, it is similar to the Ford Sedan, but thanks to its extremely streamlined shape, it is said to go faster with less fuel and carry more people.

‘I have always been passionate about designing locomotives, airplanes, cars. I’ve had the privilege of piloting many different types of gliders, helicopters, motor planes, jets, to be able to pilot a wide variety of vehicles, and professionally engaged in different disciplines to realize that buildings, the infrastructure – that is the urban glue that connects the individual buildings — create the DNA of a city’ he remarked to a question.

Norman Foster's 'motion' exhibition explores the parallel worlds of automobile, art and architecture
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, 1955. Private collection, Bilbao, Spain

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