OLIVER LARIC
CEO
8 June - 24 July 2011
Monbijoupark, based in Berlin
On June 26, 2008 a regional court in Munich ruled that the Shuanghuan CEO SUV, a vehicle that shares a resemblance to BMW’s X5, is no longer allowed to be sold in Germany. According to the judgment made by the court, German dealers have to stop selling Shuanghuan CEO, destroy the present cars and compensate BMW for corresponding losses. BMW has lost a similar court action in Italy that claimed the CEO infringed the German carmaker's copyright. On December 10, 2008 a court in Milan rejected BMW's claims. The Shuanghuan CEO is continuously sold in Italy through Martin Motors. CEOs are further distributed in European countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

"Laric's attention was drawn to the issue by a newspaper article about several of these cars that were confiscated in the port of Rotterdam in the same year and are still rotting there. His attempts to borrow the cars for the exhibition were prevented by legal proceedings. Ther artist did, however, manage to find a car dealership that had a number of these vehicles that were registered before the verdict was issued and were thus protected by right of continuance. The car dealership agreed to make some of its cars available for the exhibition." based in Berlin

Oliver Laric
'CEO', 2011
(installation view at Monbijoupark, based in Berlin; photo by Amin Akhtar)



Oliver Laric
'CEO', 2011
(installation view at Monbijoupark, based in Berlin; photo by Amin Akhtar)



Oliver Laric
'CEO', 2011
(installation view at Monbijoupark, based in Berlin; photo by Amin Akhtar)



Oliver Laric
'CEO', 2011



Oliver Laric
'CEO', 2011



Oliver Laric
'CEO', 2011



Oliver Laric
'CEO', 2011



Oliver Laric
'CEO', 2011