High Museum of Art: Dream Cars

unnamedNow through September 7th, the High Museum will be featuring its special Dream Cars Exhibit. Museum admission costs $19.50 for adults without membership and $12.00 for children. The museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the exception of Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. While touring the special exhibits, admission also provides entry to the High Museum’s permanent exhibits through the rest of the museum.

Cars from the 1930s through the 21st century will be showcased at the exhibit and will place imagination and innovation on the forefront. Among seeing made-to-scale models throughout the museum, art and car lovers alike will be able to enjoy conceptual drawings of vehicles along the 17 concept cars designed by Ferrari, Bugatti, General Motors and Porsche.

The “dream car” was a term originally coined in the 1950’s to help designers showcase their forward-thinking and imaginative, unique designs. Exploring the innovative designs that inspire progress toward the future, the exhibition will examine Dream Cars through five themes: individual makers, the impact of styling, visionary designers, the design process, and the influence of automobile fairs.

As noted by the High Museum, highlights of Dream Cars will include:

  • Paul Arzens’ L’Oeuf électrique (1942), an electric bubble car designed by Arzens for his personal use in Paris during the German occupation that has never before traveled to the U.S.
  • William Stout’s Scarab (1936), the genesis of the contemporary minivan.
  • Marcello Gandini’s Lancia (Bertone) Stratos HF Zero (1970), a wedge-shaped car that is only 33 inches tall.
  • Christopher Bangle’s BMW GINA Light Visionary Model (2001), featuring an exterior made of fabric.
  • A full-scale (6 x 20 foot) rendering of a concept car by Carl Renner (1951).

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