Prova Car



Object, 95 x 200 x 290 cm.
Materials: tin, cellophane

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp / Collection Flemish Community (Inv. no. BKS002).

Prova-Car is a sort of human, poetic version of the Formula-1 racing car. It conjures up images of old, once revolutionary technological prototypes. With works like this Prova-Car, Panamarenko refers to the image of the engineer-artist. At the same time, he relativises the image. Of course, Panamarenko’s ‘inventions’ are not intended to actually work: they are artworks first and foremost. In Panamarenko’s work, technique is a slave to poetry.

"Nuvolari was the best racecar driver in the world before the war.  He just floored it, never braked.  I remember how he wore a kind of pilot's headgear seated in his big 'prova', his test car.  (...)  After WWII the Formula 1 cars got too fast, and then he indeed had to brake."  - Panamarenko

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