The 24-hour race at Le Mans first took place in 1923. The moving story of this automobile protagonist, the racing legend on four wheels, is put into the spotlight by the artist Bernd Luz with elements of abstract and pop art. The result is richly coloured, emotional images that can be seen from 29 March to 13 August 2017 in the series “MobilArt. Art at the AutoMuseum Volkswagen”.
Events at the AutoMuseum Volkswagen.
The Volkswagen AutoMuseum is in a state of perpetual motion: besides an ever-expanding range of exhibits, there is a constant stream of new and exciting attractions in the form of regular special shows, readings or photo exhibitions. Discover the traditional world of Volkswagen. We look forward to seeing you.
Bernd Luz: Legends of Le Mans. Abstact PopArt.
Special show from 29 March to 13 August 2017.
Open temptation. Cabriolet milestones.
Special exhibition from 16 March to 17 September 2017.
From 16 March to 17 September 2017 a pure fair-weather feeling wafts into the AutoMuseum Volkswagen. The new special exhibition “Open temptation. Cabriolet milestones.” embarks on a journey through the history of the cabriolet spanning more than 130 years. At the beginning of car manufacturing, open-topped cars were the rule, only to become coveted luxury goods in the 1920s. This was followed by an ever-wider range, including lower-cost cabriolet and roadsters. In modern times, driving fun came to the fore. On display are 22 selected models across all brands. They show the rich variety of these “topless models”, giving an insight into different convertible-top technologies.
Ruppe Piccolo: Ruppe was an automobile manufacturer that did business in Apolda, Thüringen from 1904 to 1910. Due to economic problems, it was acquired by the Apollo company. Installed in this car were a V2, a V4 and finally an in-line four-cylinder unit. The engine was mounted in front, and the emancipation from the carriage had already triumphed. A folding cover could be stretched over the occupants. In those times, there either was no windscreen or doors in such cars, or they were just improvised.
Horch 853 A: Horch was one of the brands of the Auto Union, which was founded in 1932. Sold under this name were premium and luxury class cars with the four rings – ranging up to the posh twelve-cylinder models. The 850 model series followed the "Horch 8". In 1937, the re-engineered 853 sport convertible made its debut – here with a 5.35 m long factory body. Starting in 1937, the 5.0-litre in-line eight-cylinder unit produced 120 instead of 100 PS. The 853 A ("A" stood for "Autobahn") got a rev-reducing "overdrive gear".
Victoria Spatz: Entry-level cars like the Isetta or the Kleinschnittger – ridiculed by some in their era as "traffic stoppers" – were however always better than a two-wheeled vehicle in the rain. After all, 1,588 units of the plastic roadster from Bavaria, which had no doors had been manufactured within two years. Participating in its development were Egon Brütsch and then Hans Ledwinka.
Škoda Felicia: Roadsters and small convertibles were also built in the Eastern Bloc – from Wartburg in Eisenach and Škoda in Mlada Boleslav. In 1959, the previous Škoda model 450 was renamed the "Felicia", and now there was also a hardtop. The engine was mounted in front, and the rear wheels were driven. At first, the four-seater still had rear fins (like in this everyday model used in the Czech Republic), which later gave way to a simpler termination of the rear section.
Mazda MX 5: Ironically, it was the Japanese who revived the segment of sharp roadsters in the late 1980s. The Mazda Miata, first introduced in the USA, had the appearance of a new edition of the Lotus, and it became a cult car – in Europe as the MX-5. A special aspect of the two-seater was that it continued to embody the classic virtues of small English sports cars: mechanically operated emergency soft top, a snappy engine under a long bonnet, rear-wheel drive and a small boot.
T-Cross Breeze: Off-road convertibles appear to be setting a new trend. Land Rover was the first to put such a car into production with the Evoque. But the technology of the VW T-Cross Breeze concept vehicle is much more advanced. The off-road convertible positioned in the Polo class (a short 4.13 m in length) was presented in Geneva in March 2016. Last but not least, it could fit ideally into the brand's future model range based on its future-oriented technical features.
Seeing behind the eyes.
Abstract photographs from China and Germany from 10 January to 18 March 2017.
In his exhibition 'Seeing Behind the Eyes' photographer Kai Grüber explores the question of individual perception of reality. From 10 January to 19 March 2017, the Volkswagen AutoMuseum is showing abstract photographs from China and Germany that, thanks to blurring, leave plenty of scope for the viewer's own interpretation of the images.