LEXUS CELEBRATES ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY AT THE CHANTILLY ARTS & ELEGANCE RICHARD MILLE
Lexus celebrated the 30th anniversary of its founding as a luxury brand with special presentations at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, one of Europe’s leading luxury celebrations of motoring, arts and lifestyles, on June 30.Lexus was an official partner to the fifth edition of the event, which took place in the formal grounds of the historic Château de Chantilly in France, 50 km north of Paris. It is internationally renowned as a historic and elegant showcase for the finest classic, modern and concept cars, with competitions for the best exhibits, a parade of “The Most Beautiful Cars in the World” an auction and many other activities and entertainments designed to celebrate the “art de vivre à la Française” – the quintessence of the French way of life.As an event dedicated to luxury, style and craftsmanship, it was the perfect setting for Lexus’ anniversary celebrations.
- Lexus marked its 30th anniversary at the internationally renowned celebration of luxury motoring, arts and lifestyles
- Lexus presented its new LC Convertible Concept in the Concours d’Élégance, accompanied by a model dressed by couture house Rochas
- The revised RX SUV had its European Premier
- Gyorin Kozane (Armour of Scales) by Spanish art duo Antoñito and Manolín took first prize in the Lexus UX Art Car competition
LEXUS LC CONVERTIBLE CONCEPT
The Lexus LC Convertible Concept made its world debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, presented as a study for a new open-top version of the LC flagship. The concept car has been designed on the theme of “ultimate beauty” in every detail, from the rake of the windscreen to the smooth contours of the rear deck. It took part in the Concours d’Élégance at Chantilly, accompanied by a model dressed by the haute couture house Rochas.
EUROPEAN PREMIERE OF THE NEW RX
Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille hosted the European premiere of the new, revised Lexus RX luxury SUV. The updated model features enhancements to its exterior styling and changes to the suspension and braking systems to raise the quality of ride and handling and precision and responsiveness of the steering. The new RX is also the world’s first model to feature LED BladeScan technology for the headlights’ Adaptive High-beam System.
The new RX was on display alongside the new ES sedan, the RC F Track Edition performance coupe and the famous and rare Lexus LFA supercar.
RESULT OF THE LEXUS UX ART CAR COMPETITION
The thousands of visitors to Chantilly were themselves the judges of the winner of the Lexus UX Art Car competition. The most popular entry proved to be Gyorin Kozane (Armour of Scales) by Spanish art duo Antoñito and Manolín otherwise known as Trini Salamanca and Pablo Parraga. The colourful and detailed artwork evoked the shimmering quality of a fish’s scales.
Antoñito and Manolín are self-taught artists who create experimental furniture objects using totemic, geometric shapes with apparent simplicity. Their seats, dressers and sculptures display a refined brutalism, while acknowledging the earth in their choice of colours and materials.
As the overall winners, Antoñito and Manolín will be hosted as Lexus guests at the 2020 Milan Design Week, one of the world’s principal design showcases where Lexus has had a major presence since 2005.
Name, by Leitmotiv
Leitmotiv worked on-site at Chantilly to transform the UX into a sculptural art installation. Each artist used a part of the car to express their personal skills and interpretation, giving the UX many different facets and multiple identities, from illustrative and dreamlike to abstract and spontaneous.
Leitmotiv is a collective of three French artists: Keim, Wozdat and Ygrek. All are graduates in applied arts, and exponents of urban painting. Their specialisms are complementary and combine to give their work visual energy.
The Way of the Samurai, by René Turrek
In The Way of the Samurai, René Turrek spray-painted the passenger side of the UX with concise lines in different colours and thicknesses to symbolise the power and modern technologies of the Lexus brand. By using neon shades, he created special effects that changed when the car was viewed in daylight or under ultra violet light.
The driver’s side of the vehicle had lines that echo the curve of a samurai sword applied to a grey background that reacts to sunlight or a camera flash to turn a glowing silver-white.
Turrek is a German-born graffiti artist, designer and pioneer who has developed new paint techniques, finishing and special effects. This is his second Lexus art car, having previously turned an NX SUV into an artwork with the Lexus Forum Osnabrück in 2015.