Opening for bidding on 6 April and running through 13 April, the single lot, which is offered without reserve, comprises the unique Taycan Art Car by Richard Phillips, as well as an exclusive tour of Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, led by Porsche AG’s head of the Taycan model range. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Swiss non-profit organization Suisseculture Sociale to support artists in Switzerland who have struggled through the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. To benefit the cause, all project partners, including RM Sotheby’s, will forgo collecting a fee or commission.
The unique Taycan Art Car was created live at the Leuehof pop-up restaurant on Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse in December of last year. To create the Taycan Art Car, Richard Phillips applied his large-scale 2010 painting entitled Queen of the Night—inspired by the work of legendary Swiss landscape artist Adolf Dietrich— to the body of the Porsche.
Printed on vinyl and applied to the car with heat guns by German company SIGNal Design, the artwork shows a three-dimensional arrangement of elements and details of the eight-square-meter painting flowing organically up the front hood over the front fenders and across the doors, giving a feeling of speed with the leaves of the night bloom. Moving toward the rear of the Taycan, the painted image glides over the roof and rear fenders as the flora opens to reveal the blue sky and attendant butterflies. The Art Car was also fitted with added customized touches from Porsche Exclusive, including an illuminated inscription of Queen of the Night on the door sill panels and Richard Phillip’s signature illuminated by the door projectors onto the underfloor when the door is opened.
As a partner of the Leuehof restaurant, Porsche displayed the Art Car in its culinary art space following its creation. However, due to the pandemic, Leuehof closed its doors to the public shortly thereafter. For this reason, the Taycan Art Car will be on display for viewing at different Porsche Centers in Switzerland leading up to and during the auction. On 1 March, the car will be available for viewing at the Porsche Center Geneva and then, on 22 March, it will move to the Porsche Center Zurich. Following the auction, it will be on display at the Porsche Center Zug and, from there, it will be handed over to the highest bidder.
“Porsche’s first purely electric sports car, the Taycan, represents a new chapter in the company’s history,” said Michael Glinski, CEO, Porsche Schweiz AG. “We wanted to capture this achievement by working together with a leading artist. The result is this creation, which reflects the guiding principles of sustainability and electromobility and of course also places a strong focus on nature in Switzerland. By auctioning the work and donating the proceeds we want to help the Swiss cultural landscape, which has been hit especially hard by the pandemic. Porsche has set a confident course through this crisis and we are eager to give something back to the community.”
About Suisseculture Sociale
The Suisseculture Sociale association supports all full-time professional cultural creatives, regardless of their type of art, who live in Switzerland or hold Swiss citizenship. Founded twenty years ago to support creative artists, it is independent of the public sector. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swiss Confederation has entrusted the association with the organization of COVID-related emergency aid.
About the Porsche Taycan
Launched in 2019 as the brand’s first all-electric sports car, the Porsche Taycan is a unique combination of typical Porsche performance, connectivity, and all-around everyday practicality. The Taycan 4S is available with two battery sizes and delivers up to 420 kW (571 hp) with Performance Battery Plus. Last year, the four-door sports sedan, with a total of 27 new features, was named the most important innovation driver on the global automotive market: at the World Car of the Year Awards 2020, the Taycan took top honors in the World Performance Car and World Luxury Car categories.
About Richard Phillips
The acclaimed American hyperrealist artist was born in Massachusetts and lives in New York City. Phillips’ artworks were on display worldwide, for example in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Gallery London. Phillips first encountered Adolf Dietrich’s art at the restaurant Kronenhalle in Zurich.