The Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed exhibit is presently on display at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina through January 20, 2014. The largest gathering of Porsche automobiles ever on display in a U.S. art museum features a stunning selection of 22 Porsches dating from the late 1930s to present day.
Curated by Ken Gross from some of the most renowned car collectors and collections in the automotive world, the iconic vehicles in Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed show the evolution of the signature design principles that have long linked Porsche with beauty, artistry, technology and innovation. Barbara Wiedemann, director of publications at NCMA, served as managing curator for the Museum’s first-ever design exhibition.
“Porsche by Design brings together one of the most significant collections of Porsche automobiles ever assembled,” said Ken Gross. “More than ‘just a show about cars’, the exhibition emphasizes the innate beauty of aerodynamic design, inseparably linked with engineering genius. It further illustrates the Porsche family’s ability to stay true, over many decades, to a powerful design history while remaining on the forefront of technological advances, continually driving automobile design forward. These cars are superlative examples of uncompromised, artfully restrained design, lending visual form and grace to the notion of speed.”
Highlights of the exhibition include the 1938/9 Type 64 Berlin-Rom racer designed by Porsche founder Dr. Ferdinand Porsche; a Type 804 Formula One race car, one of only four of this model ever built, and the car that Dan Gurney raced to victory at the French Grand Prix; Porsche 550-001, the first 550 built and raced; Steve McQueen’s iconic Porsche 356 Speedster; an early Gmund Coupe; the 1977 Porsche 935 “Baby” and the 1969 Porsche 917 16-cylinder Prototype.
The Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed exhibit is on display at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina through January 20, 2014. Admission is free for members and $18.00 for adults. Visitors 7-18 are $12 and children 6 and under are admitted free of charge. During the run of Porsche by Design, the Museum will offer multiple car meetups, film series, lectures and other special events. For additional information, visit www.ncartmuseum.org/porsche.
We split up pictures from the Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed exhibition into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.