Each year, Maison Ruinart welcomes a contemporary international artist in Reims to share their vision of the famous, nearly 300-year-old champagne house. In the footsteps of Liu Bolin (2018) and Vik Muniz (2019), British artist David Shrigley looked at Ruinart through 36 drawings and gouache paintings, as well as 3 neon installations, 2 ceramic pieces and 1 door. This British icon with a somewhat leisurely character is an acerbic artist who views today’s world with unequalled irony.
Delivering a singular vision of a Maison that is just as singular, David Shrigley invites us to rediscover Ruinart with offbeat humour and no concessions. His art shines new light on the Maison’s vineyard, heritage, and savoir-faire. In the Champagne region, he scrutinised the vineyard, explored the wine cellars, and noted every expression and gesture he glimpsed. With curiosity, he studied the ways of the people working the vines, oenologists and other Ruinart collaborators. His sharp regard took in the closely guarded secrets of champagne making.
Through his drawings, neon installations and sculptures, David Shrigley offers us a benevolent yet unbeaten path, which generates surprising interactions between nature and the different steps in the wine-making process. He also makes us more aware of the environmental commitments Maison Ruinart upholds every day. Because humour is, without doubt, one of the best ways to raise awareness.