After getting a sneak peek of the Frist Center’s newest exhibit Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945–1975, we’ve got two words for you—oh, baby! The 22 cars featured in this exhibit are sexy, streamlined pieces of art that sprung up in Italy following World War II. As guest curator Ken Gross led us from room to room in the Ingram Gallery, we were oohing and ahhing over the sleek lines, beautiful curves and luxurious interiors. If you’re a regular at the Frist, you may remember Gross’ 2013 exhibit, Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles. After seeing both exhibits, it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about fine automobiles!


1953 Alfa Romeo BAT 5. Lender: The Blackhawk Collection, Danville, California. Photo: Anna Leverence.

For this collection, Gross collaborated with Italian automobile collectors from across the nation to showcase nineteen cars and three motorcycles. A few of the stunners that you’ll find at the exhibit through October 9 include an ultra-rare Alfa Romeo Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnicas (aka a BAT) that has a curved body style similar to the Batmobile; a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO on display, which is only one of 39 produced; as well as a 1973 MV Augusta 750 Sport that’s considered “the Ferrari of motorcycles.”


1973 MV Agusta 750 Sport. Collection of Peter Matthew Calles, Bethesda, Maryland. Photo: Anna Leverence.

If you’re not already droolin’ over these beauties, scroll through the photos below before planning a trip to the Frist! The exhibit is open May 27–October 9.



1955 Maserati A6G 2000 Zagato on left. Lender: Collection of David Sydorick, Beverly Hills, California. 1950 Cisitalia 202 SC on right. Lender: The Collier Collection @ The Revs Institute, Naples, Florida. Photo: Anna Leverence.



Interior shot of a pristine ’50 Cisitalia 202 SC. Photo: Anna Leverence.



Close-up of the racing flag and white-wall tires on a 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis. Collection of James E. Petersen Jr., Houston, Texas. Photo: Anna Leverence.



1954 Alfa Romeo BAT 7 on left. Lender: The Blackhawk Collection, Danville, California. 1955 Alfa Romeo BAT 9 on right. Lender: The Blackhawk Collection, Danville, California. Photo: Anna Leverence.