Most art cars are BMWs, but this one is a much more humble Renault.
To be brutally honest, I had no idea there was such a thing as “Gesturism.” It’s a movement started by Sen Shombit, a French artist of Indian origin, described by the author as being a “creative celebration of the limitless gestures of all living beings, from birth to death.” He goes on to specify the car featured here “is a form of dialogue between painting and design, between art and technology and between the artist himself and Renault.”
Calcutta-born Shombit says the manifesto of Gesturism art contains the following:
- Impromptu and unprompted
- Boundless energy in human conduct
- Dynamic, awash with essential pulsations
- Shock of the difference
- Handmade craftsmanship, free of manipulative digital art
The 62-year-old artist was asked by Renault India to elaborate his personal take on the pint-sized Kwid for an exhibition called “Désordre” that will run until December 27th in Barbizon, which is located about 60-km south of Paris.
In the words of Renault:
“It is the first time an artist has expressed a narrative through his own style in the form of an art car, in contrast to earlier art cars by celebrated artists like Lichtenstein, Warhol, Koons and Calder which showcased the artists’ personal styles.”
The main market for the Chennai-built Kwid is India, but Renault has already announced starting with 2017 it will export the tiny crossover to Brazil. A launch in Europe is not being considered for the moment, but Renault’s budget arm Dacia through the voice of its Commercial Director, Francois Mariotte, told JournalAuto last month “never say never.”
The chances of seeing the Kwid on the old continent are slim since the model would have to be overhauled in order to meet the significantly more stringent safety regulations. After all, the original version of the Kwid “scored” a zero star-rating in Global NCAP crash tests in May, while an improved model managed to earn one star in September.
But there’s another reason why a Dacia-badged Kwid might not be suitable for Europe as there is a risk it could cannibalize sales of the Dacia Sandero Stepway.
As for this colorful art car, it will obviously remain strictly as a one-off.