2017 has been a big year for Ferrari because the company has celebrated its 70th anniversary. To celebrate the momentous occasion, the Kensington Design Museum is opening up an exhibition called Ferrari: Under The Skin. The exhibition presents the question of whether Ferraris can be considered art. Given how famous the manufacturer is, it could be argued that a Ferrari can be likened to a precious portrait.
Under The Skin opens on the 15th November and features memorabilia from Ferrari enthusiast Ronald Stern. Items on display will include photographs of famous people like Miles Davis, Steve McQueen, Roger Vadim, Peter Sellers and Herbert von Karajan pictured with their Ferraris. Visitors will also be able to see early prototypes and archival material from Enzo Ferrari’s life.
The exhibition covers every aspect of the marque’s history, from racing heritage to car design. Glamour was a big part of the company’s reputation, but racing was Ferrari’s main concern. He was known to be a passionate racer and cultivated relationships with the drivers who operated his cars. Ferrari’s life was also filled with tragedy, having lost his father at 18 and losing his son Dino to muscular dystrophy.
He also had a close relationship with racer Peter Collins, which is the subject of a new film called Ferrari: Race To Immortality. Released in November, the film takes a look at Ferrari’s life and examines who he really was as a man. Although he could come across as ruthless and difficult, Ferrari’s other qualities have never been explored in depth. Towards the end of his life, he withdrew completely from racing and it can be assumed this was because of Collins and Dino dying.
The exhibition and the film offer different insights into Ferrari. Together, they create a complete picture of the company’s history and the legacy Enzo Ferrari left behind. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of one of the most iconic car brands in the world.
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