Thierry Noir - New Now London Thursday, December 9, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gifted by the artist to the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Berlin, Hansa Studios, U2 Achtung Baby x NOIR, 19 - 26 November 2021

  • Catalogue Essay

    This unique artwork comprises the bonnet taken directly from the 2021 Thierry Noir Trabant 601 commissioned by U2 as part of the celebrations around the 30th anniversary of their seminal album Achtung Baby. Achtung Baby was officially released on November 18th 1991 and recorded at Hansa Studios in Berlin. On the recommendation of mutual friend Wim Wenders the band at the time sought out and commissioned Noir to paint a series of Trabant 601 cars for the album art and use as lighting rigs in their upcoming Zoo TV World Tour. The combination of the iconic East German automobile, a symbol of the GDR, and Noir’s artwork was a fusion of East Berlin meets West Berlin and imbued the visual aesthetic of Achtung Baby with the cultural zeitgeist of the time. Following exhibit at Hansa Studios in Berlin to mark the anniversary, U2 and Noir are offering this one off commemorative artwork for sale in support of the non-profit organization the Berlin Institute for Sound and Music.

    ‘U2 and I are offering the bonnet of my 2021 Achtung Baby Trabant in support of the Berlin Institute for Sound & Music: to help continue the energy in Berlin and help the young generations who are trying to show their talents.’ - Thierry Noir



Achtung Baby

signed, titled, and dated 'THIERRY NOIR 2021 ACHTUNG BABY' on the reverse
enamel and urethane paint on Trabant 601 bonnet in Duroplast
85.5 x 125.5 x 13.2 cm (33 5/8 x 49 3/8 x 5 1/4 in.)
Executed in 2021, this work was commissioned by U2 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Achtung Baby album.

£7,000 - 10,000 

Sold for £30,240

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London Auction 9 December 2021