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“The Art of Bugatti” –
Unique Bugatti exhibition at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles
Exhibition honours entire work of the Bugatti family
Most comprehensive presentation to date of automobiles, sculptures, paintings and design objects in a single exhibition
Bugatti Chiron also on display for a limited time
Bugatti President Wolfgang Dürheimer: “Exhibition impressively
demonstrates the roots of the Bugatti brand in art and design.”

Los Angeles/Molsheim, 28 October 2016.

During their next visit to Los Angeles,
automobile and design connoisseurs should definitely make a detour to the Petersen Automotive Museum. In the recently opened museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, a special exhibition opened a few days ago. Under the title of “The Art of Bugatti”, the museum is showing the work of the entire Bugatti family: automobiles by Ettore and Jean Bugatti, furniture, design objects and paintings by Carlo Bugatti, animal sculptures by Rembrandt Bugatti and much more. Never before have so many works by this family of artists been gathered together for a single exhibition. During the first three weeks, the automotive highlight of the exhibition will be the new super sports car of the luxury brand from Molsheim, the 1,500 PS Bugatti Chiron1. The exhibition will continue until the autumn of 2017.
“‘The Art of Bugatti‘ at the Petersen Automotive Museum impressively demonstrates the roots of the Bugatti brand in art and design,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “We thank the museum for making this fantastic exhibition possible. There is no other automobile brand that can illustrate its history not only with cars but also with sculptures, paintings and design objects. This all makes Bugatti a unique brand.”
Automobile connoisseurs will be thrilled by the sight of the vehicles designed by founder Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean that are on display. Among others, the exhibition includes a Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix (1926), a Type 41 Royale (1932), a Type 44 Fiacre (1928), a Type 46 Cabriolet (1930), a Type 50 S (1931), a Type 55 Supersport (1932), one of only four Type 57SC Atlantic models ever built, a Type 57C Aravis with Gangloff body, a Type 57C Vanvooren (all 1939), a Type 57C Atalante (1939/1949) and the last model produced under family ownership, a Type 101C (1951). The recent history of the brand is represented by a rare EB110 Super Sport Le Mans (1994), a Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse (2013) and Bugatti’s latest creation, the Chiron, which will crown the exhibition until the beginning of November.
Apart from these precious automobiles, visitors can also admire the work of Carlo Bugatti, Ettore’s father. At the time, Carlo was famous for his masterpieces in the fields of architecture, painting and furniture design as well as his work as a silversmith. Also on show are works by Rembrandt Bugatti, Ettore’s brother, who was already a successful sculptor in his own lifetime. At the time, his animal sculptures thrilled the world of art and they are still impressive today. His sculpture of a dancing elephant crowns the radiator grille of the Type 41 Royale and remains an emblem of the Bugatti brand to this day. The exhibits are supplemented by sketches drawn by Lydia Bugatti, Ettore’s daughter and by letters and other original documents that give a glimpse of the Bugatti family history.
“Visitors to this unique exhibition will understand why Bugatti automobiles are so coveted by collectors today,” said Julius Kruta, Head of Tradition, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “All the members of the Bugatti family honoured here were successful in their own field. The strong artistic influence on the work of Ettore Bugatti as a designer of automobiles is clearly evident and makes his creations automotive works of art. This is why this exhibition at the Petersen Museum can certainly be seen as an art exhibition.”
The Petersen Automotive Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. The exhibition “The Art of Bugatti“ is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (
About Bugatti
Bugatti is the brand of a family of artists who distinguished themselves in an environment where other automotive brands were operated by entrepreneurs with a purely technical background. The company founder Ettore Bugatti, born and raised in Milan, Italy, succeeded in uniting this artistic approach with his technical innovations, thus creating the foundation of a design language that was to mould the Bugatti marque. The result has been a series of vehicles far ahead of their time, and which are today numbered amongst the most valuable classic cars in the world. The brand’s central philosophy of “Art, Forme, Technique” is a description of its mystique.
Bugatti’s history is marked by a host of dazzling automotive masterpieces but also by an unmatched racing record. Although the grand Bugattis such as the 57SC Atlantic or the majestic Royale, are still regarded as superlative, the lightweight, agile and temperamental Type 35, which won Bugatti so many titles, is just as representative of the Bugatti brand.
Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. is the manufacturer of the world’s most powerful, fastest, most exclusive and most luxurious production super sports car. Since it was established in 1909, the French luxury brand has had its headquarters at Molsheim, Alsace, where 450 Veyrons were produced from 2005 to 2015 and the new Chiron, which is to appear in a series limited to 500 cars, is to be hand-crafted from the autumn of 2016. With a power output of 1,500 HP, unprecedented for production vehicles, an exceptionally high torque value of 1,600 Nm between 2,000 and 6,000 rpm and a wide variety of technical innovations, the Chiron sets new standards in every respect. More than 200 customers have already ordered their Chiron.
The brand, which has been part of the Volkswagen Group since 1998, employs almost 300 people. With 34 dealers and service partners in 17 countries in Europe, North America and the Middle and Far East, Bugatti is now a global player (
1 Near-production vehicle without type approval – Directive 1999/94/EEC does not apply

Ce qui a été déjà inventé appartient au passé, seules les innovations sont dignes d'intérêt - Ettore Bugatti

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