CARS. Driven by Design Sports cars from the 1950s to the 1970s

They are fast, beautiful, eccentric and innovative: sports cars from the 1950s to the 1970s. Automobiles, whose bodies and engines combine to form an aesthetic “Gesamtkunstwerk”.

27.9.2018 - 10.2.2019

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In recent decades these cars have become sought-after collector’s items and, not least in terms of design, have enjoyed cult status – and deservedly so. Hardly any design object has transformed our lives so fundamentally, beyond its mere practical application. Against this backdrop the exhibition presents around 30 outstanding sports cars, all of which rank among the very icons of the history of design and technology.

The exhibition features legendary sports cars such as the Mercedes Benz 300 SL (1954), based on a racing car, the aero-dynamically designed Jaguar E-Type (1961) and the elegant Lancia Aurelia Spider (1954). The presentation also includes cult cars from the 1960s, such as the Lamborghini Miura and the Toyota GT 2000, one of the most beautiful Japanese models ever produced.

Further interesting insights in terms of design and technology are offered by the so-called Concept Cars by Mercedes-Benz (C111-II) and BMW (Turbo) from the 1970s, as well as a number of prototypes, such as the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS from 1957, whose shape is somewhat reminiscent of a rocket-like UFO.

The exhibition is the first of its kind directing the focus on the car as a work of art combining form, technology, design and emotion.

Curators of the exhibition
Dieter Castenow, Barbara Til

Lamborghini Miura S Serie II | 1970, Designer: Marcello Gandini, Privatsammlung, Foto: Oliver Sold



Porsche 911, 1967 (Detail)

Blick in die Ausstellung

Blick in die Ausstellung

Blick in die Ausstellung

Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV, 1986

Ferrari Dino 246 GTS (Tipo 607 E), 1973

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, 1962 Designer: Ercole Spada Privatsammlung

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale (SS), Prototipo, 1957, Designer: Franco Scaglione, Leihgeber: Collezione Lopresto, © CARRSTUDIO / Collezione Lopresto

BMW Turbo, 1972, Designer: Paul Bracq, Leihgeber: BMW Group Classic, Foto: Oliver Sold

Lamborghini Miura S Serie II, 1970

Lancia Stratos HF, 1976, Designer: Marcello Gandini, Leihgeber: SCUDERIA, TREDICI MONACI, Foto: Oliver Sold

Jaguar E-Type Coupé, Vorführwagen, Genfer Automobilsalon, 1961 Designer: William Lyons und Malcom Sayer Leihgeber: Dr. Christian J. Jenny, Thalwil, Schweiz Foto: Michel Zumbrunn