My friend, Patrick Bowling, alerted me to a wonderful exhibit taking place in Los Angeles. The exhibit, SCULPTURE IN MOTION, MASTERPEICES OF ITALIAN DESIGN, began its 12 month run at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Blvd.
I caught the lecture, and was treated to an abridged version of Italian car history, from pre to post war, with some stops in between to explain what a concours once was as opposed to what it has become today.
From their website:
From the grand classics of the 1930s to modern supercars of today, Italian designers have influenced the look of automobiles on a global scale. Sculpture in Motion: Masterpieces of Italian Design will explore the many ways in which Italian coachbuilders and manufacturers have contributed to the evolution of the automobile from a collection of disorganized parts to a single, visually appealing unit. Already well aware of the Italian contribution in the look of clothing, art, and architecture, museum visitors will be fascinated to learn that the country that gave the world Michelangelo and Botticelli also gave it the designers responsible for the exotic and inspired automobiles we have now come to expect from Italy….
1947 Cisitalia Coupe
If you love Italian automobiles (or cars in general), The Petersen Museum shouldn’t be missed.
Find them here: www.petersen.org
See you on down the road,