The Art of the Automobile: Masterpieces of the Ralph Lauren Collection

Lauren Collection at the Louvre

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs at the Louvre in Paris is exhibiting a curated selection of 17 classic sports cars from the Ralph Lauren collection. These beautifully designed European automobiles were created between the 1920s and the 1990s. The collection includes the iconic 1938 Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic Coupé which inspired the Ralph Lauren Sporting Watch. Find stunning wallpaper images from the exhibition inside.

Ralph Lauren’s automobile collection is known to be among the best in the world. He focuses on cars with the greatest quality, rarity and beauty. Each car stands as a major work of art, representing the greatest names in automotive history: Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Porsche, and of course Ferrari. Every automobile in the collection combines technological innovation and daring styling, or stated more simply, speed and beauty.

The automobiles in this exhibition were selected by curator Rodolphe Rapetti and the display was created by Jean-Michel Wilmotte. The display includes the 1929 “Blower” Bentley, 1933 Bugatti Type 59 Grand Prix, 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus, 1955 Jaguar XKD, 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti, 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, and 1996 McLaren LM.

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is publishing a coffee-table book to celebrate the exhibit. The book contains interviews with Ralph Lauren and a forward by the curator, Rodolphe Rapetti.

The exhibition runs from April 28 through August 28, 2011. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is located in the Louvre’s western wing, known as the Pavillon de Marsan. For more information, visit the museum’s official web site.

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The 1938 Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic Coupé, one of two in existence, greets visitors.
Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic Coupe

Lauren Louvre Exhibition
Lauren Louvre Exhibit

L to R Andrew Lauren, Ricky Lauren, Ralph Lauren and David Lauren at the opening night gala.
Ralph Lauren and Family

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