© David Shrigley, Untitled, 2019, acrylic on paper, 76 × 56 cm

Maison Ruinart x David Shrigley – Unconventional Bubbles

Each year, Maison Ruinart commissions an international contemporary artist for a carte blanche exhibition paying tribute to its history, heritage, savoir-faire and champagne cellars (listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site). After Liu Bolin in 2018 and Vik Muniz in 2019, this year’s carte blanche has been given to the British artist David Shrigley.

David Shrigley produced a series of 36 drawings and gouaches –as well as three neons, two ceramics and one door in his “re-interpretation” of the famous Champagne house. He dubbed the collection: “Unconventional Bubbles”.

During his artist residency, Shrigley visited all aspects of production to understand the process of making champagne. Shrigley explained: “When making art on the subject of Champagne production: one must make several visits to the Champagne region; one must visit the crayères and the vineyards and the production facilities; and one must ask questions of the people who work there and listen very carefully to what they say. And most importantly you must drink some Champagne.” 

As well as the artwork, Shrigley has also designed a limited edition work – of just 30 pieces – to go with Jeroboams of Ruinart and which reference all of the elements required to make wine, from sun and rain, to bees, worms and microorganisms as well as people.

Shrigley’s work will be displayed at partnering art fairs.

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