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Bentley Continental GT meets Pop Art

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Britto Bentley Continental GT pop art

Set to be auctioned off

Pop artist Romero Britto has created a uniquely styled Bentley Continental GT for his "Come to my World" exhibition in Berlin.

Designed to put a smile on people's faces, the oddly painted Bentley features a bizarre mix of cartoonish flowers, flying hearts, and yellow stars. These unique designs are further emphasized by the GT's dark blue exterior which boasts white squiggles.

According to Britto, "It (the Bentley Continental GT) is the most beautiful and elegant car in the world. The lines of the new design are perfect to paint as a clean canvas. What a way to start a fascinating and colorful journey."

The one of a kind Bentley can be seen at the Automobil Forum Unter den Linden which runs from July 10 to September 6. When the exhibition is over, Britto's Bentley will be auctioned off to support the Nathalie Todenhöfer Foundation for multiple sclerosis and Best Buddies, a charity for the mentally challenged.

 

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Published Jul 3rd, 2009 10:17pm By Michael Gauthier

For his exhibition "Come to my World" in Berlin, the famous artist Romero Britto chose a Bentley Continental GT as a canvas for his cheerful and vivid signature motifs.

This is probably one of the most unusual Bentleys ever seen: a large, happy flower, little stars, squiggles and signs dance on the elegant hood and colourful, comic-like figures adorn the doors. The Continental GT - a static prototype built in 2003 - has become a truly unique work of art created by the world-renowned Brazilian artist Romero Britto. Bentley Motors donated the Coupe on the occasion of Britto´s Berlin exhibition "Come to my World" in the Automobil Forum Unter den Linden.

Britto, one of the most admired and popular artists currently working within Pop Art, creates pieces specifically to put a smile on people´s faces. Having grown up in poverty in Recife, Brazil, his work belies his background by creating a fantasy world inhabited by child-like creatures and optimistic, strong colours. "Since everything in life moves toward an end", says Romero Britto, "we should fill our life with colour and hope." His paintings, graphics and sculptures can be admired in many of the world's leading art galleries including the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim in New York. He counts the Kennedys, Rothchilds, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steffi Graf and Elton John among his friends and collectors.

Romero was delighted to be given the chance to turn a Bentley into a Pop Art sculpture: "It is the most beautiful and elegant car in the world. The lines of the new design are perfect to paint as a clean canvas. What a way to start a fascinating and colourful journey."

Raul Pires, Head of Exterior Design at Bentley Motors and like Romero Britto, a Brazilian was central to the creation of the Continental GT. He thoroughly agrees with his countryman: "A Bentley holds the unique combination of exhilaration and relaxation in one package. An automotive sculpture with elegant powerful surfaces. The ultimate in craftsmanship."

The Romero Britto exhibition, hosted by the Automobil Forum Unter den Linden in cooperation with the Mensing Gallery, will take place from 10 July until 6 September 2009. In keeping with Britto's wider ideals, at the conclusion of the show, the "Britto-Bentley" will be put up for auction in aid of the Nathalie Todenhöfer Foundation for multiple sclerosis as well as Best Buddies, an organization dedicated to improving the integration of the mentally disabled within society.

 

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Jo@Switzer Jo@Switzer
I can't stand that Britto guy.
Jul 7th, 2009 6:32am
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alessandro alessandro
Anything could be painted. Bentley is not an exception. Actually it is not worse than this golden Ferrari surrounded by barbarian adoration.
Jul 7th, 2009 5:12am
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Siawa Siawa
You gotta be kidding.
Jul 7th, 2009 1:16am
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PotatoEater PotatoEater
I am sure it comes with barf bags.
Jul 5th, 2009 1:40pm
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RzGTmorio RzGTmorio
What a crazy paint have this Bentley!!!
Jul 5th, 2009 11:39am
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RzGTmorio RzGTmorio
What a crazy paint have this Bentley
Jul 5th, 2009 11:38am
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
That should be illegal or classified as vandalism
Jul 4th, 2009 3:57pm
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Pangaea Pangaea
What a Hippie wagon... Just because the car has been painted like that, it won't turn the grass smoking hippies to drive a car that goes less than 20km/l.. Or is it Elton John who had asked for this one??
Jul 4th, 2009 5:38am
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motorsport13 motorsport13
he should definitely get this one, i think pink beetles are less gayer than this
Jul 4th, 2009 10:47am
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Prince_Ash Prince_Ash
wow.... what an ugly pos car :/ who let the designer's 6 year old design the car ? they should be fired. lol
Jul 4th, 2009 5:33am
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mmr66 mmr66
i bet the guy who did the graphics is sooooooooooooooo gay.
Jul 4th, 2009 5:30am
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MusTang MusTang
It is beautiful for a show car, but ridiculous for common use.
Jul 4th, 2009 4:57am
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Imasa Imasa
Silly. To be driven with a clown costume.
Jul 4th, 2009 4:31am
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Bremen_Koenigsegg Bremen_Koenigsegg
Clearly Britto knows nothing about cars. The Continental GT is a thoroughly German car, meaning there is nothing cutesy or fun about it; like everything German, it is much too serious. And, like all German cars, it takes itself too seriously to prance around in a silly cartoon frock. Look! It's angry! "What doofus would dress me up this way? I'd rather drive into a tree or be rolled over by some ham-fisted footballer. Excuse me while I burst into flames spontaneously to spare myself this humiliation."
Jul 4th, 2009 4:24am
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Bremen_Koenigsegg Bremen_Koenigsegg
... therefore, it will not "put a smile on [automotive enthusiasts'] faces" like he wants it to.
Jul 4th, 2009 4:26am
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adz612 adz612
German car it may be but Bentley is still very much a british brand. but on a more serious note. why vandalise a Bentley like that?
Jul 4th, 2009 6:15am
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Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
Why do you say this car is German? Bentley is a British brand and the cars are made in Crewe. They are no more German than Opels or SAABs are American. The whole parental ownership argument is a weak one, as large corporations, especially publicly listed, have a complex systems of shareholdings that means you can't start calling the national identity of a brand as where the bulk of its shares appear to be owned.
Jul 4th, 2009 8:38pm
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pismeov pismeov
it is a german car because despite being assembled in crewe, it is assembled with german parts. the car was designed mainly in germany using the phaeton platform (vw d1s) and a vw engine. it was styled by a belgian (as clarkson always points out), and uses bits and pieces of the phaeton. hell, the convertible version is made completely in germany. aside from its name and place of assembly, this car is no more british than a rolls phantom or ghost.
Jul 5th, 2009 4:25am
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scratchy996 scratchy996
saying this car is British is like saying Audi TT is Hungarian because it's assembled in Hungary.
Jul 6th, 2009 4:39am
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Oh great, who let 5 year olds paint a bentley?
Jul 4th, 2009 3:59am
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booost booost
OH MY GOD. A travesty of the car world equivalent to the Pope jacking a child off, what a humiliation! Romero Britto, kill yourself, now!
Jul 4th, 2009 3:52am
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Geefiasco Geefiasco
Beautiful!
Jul 4th, 2009 3:47am
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
I think you need to get your eyes checked!
Jul 4th, 2009 3:58pm
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scratchy996 scratchy996
poor Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, and other great artists must turn in their graves every time someone who calls himself an artist comes up with such crap.
Jul 6th, 2009 4:44am
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Geefiasco Geefiasco
Ohhh shut it! Can't I have an opinion? They're like arseholes, everyone has one... in case you didn't know.
Jul 6th, 2009 8:05pm
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scratchy996 scratchy996
i would say it's cute if a 5 year old made this. but when some adult guy makes this and even dares calling it art, then i'm sorry, but it's crap and that guy deserves to be punished for offending real artists.
Jul 6th, 2009 11:45pm
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Geefiasco Geefiasco
Well, whatever... you're entitled to your own opinion, so let me be entitled to mine. Just because I like piece of art that looks "childish" or has been influenced by a child's drawing, doesn't mean it's "crap" or people that like it need their "eyes checked" that's just pathetic. I'm sure you'll find that art critiques around the world that also like this piece of art.
Jul 7th, 2009 4:06am
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scratchy996 scratchy996
nothing against you , you can like what you want. i just hate these so called modern artists who can't even draw an egg if they have to. call this thing a wacky painting , call it whatever you want , but don't call it art.
Jul 7th, 2009 5:27am
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