Ferrari is a proud patron of Venus Over Manhattan’s “PISTON HEAD: Artists Engage the Automobile”, an exhibition of automotive sculpture by renowned artists including Damian Hirst, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.
This exhibition will open to the public on December 4 in Miami Beach, presented on the top level of 1111 Lincoln Road in the dramatic, open-air parking structure designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron. PISTON HEAD will run through December 8, in conjunction with Art Basel Miami, the annual art fair considered one of the preeminent events of the international cultural calendar.
Objects on view in PISTON HEAD are not only about the car in contemporary culture, but are actual cars — fully realized sculptures comprised of vehicles that can roll on four wheels or once did. By removing these works from the white-walled conventions of contemporary galleries and museums, and placing them in the context of a working parking garage, Venus Over Manhattan highlights the way the participating artists have exploited tensions between refinement and brute power, aesthetics and utility.
“Ferrari is more than a car, but rather the state of the art, both in terms of its engineering and creative expression,” says Marco Mattiacci, President & CEO, Ferrari North America. “PISTON HEAD explores how automobiles transcend function to become art, an exploration which likewise inspires Ferrari to create its own masterpieces such as LaFerrari,” Mattiacci continues.
PISTON HEAD includes works by the following renowned artists: Ron Arad, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Cesar, Dan Colen and Nate Lowman, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Virginia Overton, Olivier Mosset/Jacob Kassay/Servane Mary, Richard Phillips, Richard Prince, Tom Sachs, Salvatore Scarpitta, Kenny Scharf, and Franz West.