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ART DRIVE! was initiated over 35 years when German car giant BMW (Olympic automobile sponsors for 2012) approached iconic artists to reinterpret the shell of their cars. Showcased for the first time in the UK, this free exhibition is spread over six floors in Shoreditch’s Brutalist NPC car park on Great Eastern Street in East London, and features cars decorated by some of the most illustrious names in contemporary art.

Hosted by the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) as part of the London Festival 2012, each floor of the car park groups the artists according to their genre. Third floor ‘Masters of Pop’ sees pioneers Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg convert the cars into colourful explosions of patterns and shapes depicting their full throttle speed, whilst up on the fifth floor David Hockney paints the inside of the car on the outside.

From 2nd – 4th August they are also offering free screenings at their pop-up cinema of definitive road and chase movies.

Thursday 2 August, 9pm
Drive, Cert 18
“A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong. Drive is a classic slice of pulp noir reimagined by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn as a stunningly violent fairy tale.”

Friday 3 August, 9pm
Wild Style, Cert 15
“The old school of hip-hop on show in the South Bronx with, not unnaturally, a quality soundtrack featuring the likes of Grandmaster Flash and the Cold Crush Brothers.”

Saturday 4 August, 9pm
Radio On, Cert 18
“A beautifully shot British road movie about a man who travels from London to Bristol to investigate his brother’s death, with a soundtrack including David Bowie and Kraftwerk.”

For more details click here.

– Walter Ugarkovic

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