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the Month - January 99
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II, #LRF30660, 1977
in 1977 Rolls-Royce introduced the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II
this model, which offered 4 in (10 cm) more legroom for rear seat passengers thanks to an
extended wheelbase, was offered for discerning customers. Perhaps the Company might have
been well aware that a few of their customers were slightly eccentric. However it had
neven been the manufacturer's policy to comment on any customer's taste.
comment is known as regards the almost bizarre outward appearance of the
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II, 1977, #LRF30660. This automobile had been
subject of a performance by French artist Christophe Emanuel Bouchet. He
transformed the Rolls-Royce into a piece of art "Visions of the Wife - From
Saint to Whore" .
Christophe Emanuel Bouchet had finished top academies in France and then
went to Berlin, when that town was still divided by the "Berlin Wall". He
became prominent as one of those artists who "attacked" the Berlin Wall in
actions (quite often tremendously dangerous!) and performances by applying
"art". The Berlin Wall doesn't exist any longer but the art lives on - one
segment e.g. is on exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
once in his life did Bouchet opt on a "rolling canvas", i.e. this
Rolls-Royce. Over recent decades the car was stored in private art
collections - not least a reminder of a dark period with no freedom due to
communist dictatorship in Eastern Germany.
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