Remaining true to this approach, Gideon Rubin has explored the great symbolic figures from the Ruinart world, from the founding fathers to the people who are now the embodiment of the Maison. The collection of anonymous photographs which are the normal structure for Rubin's work, gives way to a collection of portraits, paintings and photographs, dug out of the Ruinart archives. These men and women from all eras who, in the eyes of Rubin, have embodied the spirit of Ruinart by their history, their influence on the Maison or the creations for which they are responsible are now brought together again, unified by the homogeneity of the pictorial treatment.

  • June 2011

    Gideon Rubin

    “This Portrait Gallery organised itself naturally as the creation advanced. Once the work was finished, I realised that it formed a real family. It is not the standard family structure, with father, brother or sister as references. Rather this installation induces another vision of the family, a family of ideas, history and traditions."



By Gideon Rubin

Born in Tel Aviv in 1973, Gideon Rubin has pondered the question of representing the individual through portraits without a face, devoid of all facial expression. These anonymous, silent faces call out to the imagination and the memories of the spectator, who has just worked out the story behind the work from the clues left by the painter: a look, an attitude, clothing and so on. This appreciation is concentrated on the technical processes and mediums chosen, giving free rein to the narrative interpretation of the public.

  • Frédéric Panaïotis

    Frédéric Panaïotis - The current Maison Ruinart Cellar Master since 2007.

  • Dom Thierry Ruinart - The visionary intellectual sensed that the new “wine with bubbles” developed in his native Champagne would charm the great and good of this world. He became one of its most fervent ambassadors at the royal court.

  •  Prince Joseph of Ligne

    Prince Joseph of Ligne - One of Maison Ruinart’s most loyal clients in the Age of Enlightenmen

  • Antoine Hazart

    Antoine Hazart - Cellar Master at the end of the 18th Century for Claude and François Irénée Ruinart, he was the first of a line of Cellar Masters who used his talents in close collaboration with the managers of the Maison.

  • Maarten Baas

    Maarten Baas - Artist invited to reinterpret the Maison Ruinart image in 2008.

  • Charlotte Ruinart - Vicomtesse Ruinart de Brimont, she took over the reins of the Maison in place of her 17 year old son, who was then too young to run the company. She was one of the rare women to have been
    head of a Champagne House.


    Alfons Mucha - Commissioned in 1895 by André Ruinart, the master of Art Nouveau created a poster which caused a sensation with its modernity. This initial collaboration marked Ruinart’s first steps in the world of art.


    Jean-François Barot - Cellar Master from 1985 to 2002 he breathed new life into the Maison by redesigning the “goût Ruinart” – the Ruinart taste. He contemplated highlighting the excellence of the Chardonnay, from then on dominant in Maison Ruinart cuvées.


    Louis XV - By authorising wine to be transported in bottles, he was indirectly linked to the discovery of the bottle fermentation that makes the cuvée effervescent, giving birth to champagne


    Nicolas Ruinart - The nephew of dom Thierry Ruinart and founder of Maison Ruinart.

  • Voltaire

    Voltaire - François Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire, philosopher, paragon of this famous Age of Enlightenment which saw the Maison Ruinart rise to fame.

  • Nacho Carbonell

    Nacho Carbonell - Artist invited to reinterpret the Maison Ruinart image in 2010.

  • Frédéric Panaïotis

    Frédéric Panaïotis - The current Maison Ruinart Cellar Master since 2007.