The next BMW Art Car will be created by artist Jeff Koons. Video and photo of the Art Car history inside.

New York-based object designer Jeff Koons has been tapped as the next artist for the BMW Art Car programme. The car he crafts will be unveiled to the public later this year.

The BMW Art Car programme began in 1975 with a 3.0 CSL model painted by Alexander Calder for driver Hervé Poulain to pilot in 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Since then, 17 other cars were produced for the programme, with artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and David Hockney participating.

Neither BMW nor Koons revealed which car would be used, or what the design would look like.  Koons has been lobbying BMW since 2003 to create an Art Car, according to the manufacturer.

"Art Cars are part of the DNA of BMW's cultural engagement," said BMW board member Frank-Peter Arndt.  "As manifested in Koons' latest sculptural work, what unites us is the belief that nothing is impossible."


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