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Centuries-old Ruinart invites British artist David Shrigley to share his artistic interpretation of the Champagne house

Drinking champagne to make art to toast champagne to.

The worlds of art and wine have always been closely intertwined – whether it’s about artists finding inspiration at the bottom of a bottle, bottles being the subject of a painting, or artwork on bottles. For Ruinart, the very first Champagne producer ever, this relationship goes beyond artwork on a label. Every year, it invites an international contemporary artist to live and breathe Champagne, and share his or her vision of the 291-year-old maison in an ensemble of artworks.

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For 2020, the enviable task fell to British artist David Shrigley, best known for his subversive wit and eyebrow-raising works such as Really Good, a brass sculpture of an elongated thumb installed on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth. Flushed with some of France’s most esteemed bubbly, the 51-year-old Shrigley interpreted Ruinart’s artistry and processes through 42 artworks comprising sculptures and a series of 36 playful drawings and acrylics — collectively titled Unconventional Bubbles – executed in the artist’s signature irreverent style.
Here are some of our favourites.

  • Ruinart David Shrigley Art

    The Sound Of Wine

    “When making art on the subject of production, one must make several visits to the Champagne region. One must visit the crayeres chalk quarries in the city of Reims, where this purported beverage of the gods is aged, the vineyards, and the manufacturing facilities. One must ask questions of the people who work there and listen very carefully to what they say. Most importantly, one must drink some champagne.”

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