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Lapo Elkann presents: Artists Engage the Automobile

Art and cars collide at ‘Piston Head II’ exhibition in Los Angeles; Lapo Elkann

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Venus gallery in Los Angeles is presenting Piston Head II, an exhibition which explores the relationship between art and the cars. The exhibition featuring new works in which the car is considered as both “a cultural icon and sculptural form”.

The artists included in the exhibition have approached the car as both object and subject in numerous ways. The Works inspired by César, Katherine Bernhardt, Will Boone, Keith Haring, Matthew Day Jackson, Olivier Mosset, Richard Prince, Sterling Ruby,  Peter Shire, Lawrence Weiner, and Jonas Wood.

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CARS-Another two such examples are the dramatic personalised BMW i8 and Alfa Romeo 4C created by Garage Italia Customs,   Lapo Elkann’s dedicated automotive creative hub. “The exhibition gives us the rare opportunity to evolve beyond our unique cars,  ” explains Elkann,   “and focus on the potential for innovation that exists in this space.”



Venus gallery founded in 2012 by Adam Lindemann, follows the success of the first ‘Piston Head’ exhibition in Miami in late 2013.  Lapo Elkann, founder of the creative hub,  Garage Italia Customs, and the Fiat conglomerat heir,  made the selection of vehicles exclusively for the exhibition.

Lapo Elkann said: “Adam Lindemann and I share a passion for the incredible artistry, beauty and power of the automobile. The Venus exhibition gives Garage Italia Customs the rare opportunity to evolve beyond its unique cars and focus on the potential for innovation that still exists within the space.”


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“The car has both shaped human experience and inspired countless artists over the years, ” the Gallery says in a statment, “the automobile reflects the desires and dreams of its owners. From Olivier Mosset’s bikes recontextualized in the gallery space to Sterling Ruby’s caged-in bus to a quintessential Richard Prince muscle car.”


CARS-Keith Haring Land Rover (1983) g-rover


Adam Lindemann explains, “We have several amazing artists producing new work for the exhibition as well as several important and historic art cars on loan.”

In partnership with the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, Venus present a Keith Haring Land Rover (1983), which will be on view at the museum in conjunction with the exhibition.


Cars-Art  ‘Piston Head II’ features a selection of new works in which “the car is considered both a cultural icon and sculptural form”.


‘Piston Head II’ runs from 30 July until 10 September 2016 at Venus in Los Angeles. 


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