As the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) celebrates its 100th anniversary, they decided to go on a fun ride. Three masterpieces from the museum's permanent collection are reinterpreted in a completely new medium: the bicycle! Local bike-maker Handsome Cycles collaborated with Knock, Inc. and Treat and Company, to create three commemorative bikes that reflect the color and form of their respective muses. A bike stands in front of one of Claude Monet's Grainstack series. Multiple layers of paint and a precise hand helped achieve the intricate texture that is characteristic of the French Impressionist painter. In striking contrast are the pop colors and geometric forms of American abstract painter Frank Stella's Tahkt-i-Sulayman, Variation II, reinterpreted on a sleek bike. Stella's color-lines-circles vocabulary integrates seamlessly with the wheels and body of a bicycle. But the coolest of the three, perhaps, is the bicycle inspired by Austrian auto designer Hans Ledwinka's Tatra T87.
The bold, sweeping curves of four-door sedan reflects in the full fender, skirt and drop bars of the bicycle. Its smooth, polished finish, honey saddle and bar tape detailing, the dynamo powered front light, add up to streamlined bike-art. And, yes, they are fully functional. So, in theory, you can get on one and ride away. But we don't suggest you actually do.
∙ Handsome cycles crafts art bikes to match Minneapolis Institute of Arts Masterpieces [Designboom]
∙ Knock, Inc. [Knock Inc.]
∙ All Exhibition posts [Curbed]