On October 23, 2016, Petersen Automotive Museum is going to host at the Mullin Grand Salon an exhibition dedicated to the Bugatti family. Dubbed Art of Bugatti, the exhibition goes beyond just the automobiles and showcases the art, sculpture, and furniture designed by members of this remarkable family.
The Art of Bugatti exhibition will offer a comprehensive review of the art deco period from the perspective of the Bugatti family. These fragile and museum-worthy art are only allowed to be taken care of by topnotch art handlers to ensure their legitimacy. It chronicles the works of Carlo Bugatti, the patriarch of the prestigious dynasty, which includes painting, furniture design and manufacture and silversmithing, before it gets to the contributions of his sons, Rembrandt and Ettore Bugatti. It is with Ettore that the name Bugatti starts to appear on automobiles, and the rest, and everybody knows, is history.
To be honest, the art part of this exhibition is enough for us to want to go, but as a sort of cherry for the top of the cake, Petersen has also put together a magnificent display of Bugatti cars, including the Type 41 Royale, Type 57 Atalante, Type 35 and Type 46, as well as the EB10 and the new Chiron.
“The Bugattis were an incredibly fascinating family and their history, like all families, is filled with both triumph and tragedy,” said Peter Mullin, chairman of the board of directors for the Petersen. “Their incredible aptitude for art and engineering is unparalleled by any family before or since and their legacy is worthy of celebration. It’s a great honor to share these works with the public and I’m so pleased that we could bring this exhibition to the Petersen.”