Porsche officially unveils a new exhibition today at its temporary experiential space at Mandala Club. The space, which previously housed Daniel Arsham’s “Crystal Eroded Porsche 992” art car, transforms once again to become Curvistan, an publicly-accessible exhibition that opens from now until 19 February 2023.
Curvistan is a gallery, event space and hangout, all rolled into one. First shown in the famous Glockenbach district in Munich, the space will be themed periodically by curator Stefan Bogner of Curves Magazine fame, and celebrates Soulful Driving – the joy of the journey rather than the destination.
The first theme is Legends – a celebration of the most iconic race cars from the storied history of Porsche in motorsport. A collection of archive visuals from the Porsche Museum Archive and TAG Heuer adorn the walls of the space, alongside a selection of eight vintage watches from brand partner TAG Heuer. A special collection of Porsche Museum-sourced and Curvistan-themed merchandise is also available for sale.
In the centre of the space sits a legendary Porsche 550 Spyder. This was Porsche’s first model to be designed specifically with motorsport in mind, and in an upgraded 1.5-litre, 117-horsepower engine specification with Hans Herrmann at the wheel in 1954, it won the gruelling Carrera Panamericana endurance road race in Mexico.
Porsche engineers casually referred to this powerful racing motor as the “Carrera” engine – and subsequently, this suffix was reserved only for the most prolific performance cars from Porsche. For the first time in Singapore, Herrmann’s actual car – preserved in its winning glory by the technicians at Porsche Museum – is showcased.