Dom Pérignon, at its heart, is all about the Power of Creation, the art of patience and intriguing transformations. Today Dom Pérignon’s Vintage 2006 has reached its First Plénitude*. A moment in the life span of the wine when Dom Pérignon’s creator – Richard Geoffroy – finally decides the champagne is ready to face the world for the first time.
Renowned German artist Michael Riedel is known for his affinity for transformation and the collaboration with Dom Pérignon sees a dramatic meeting of the minds where the “idea of transformation” is expressed both visually, via Riedel’s distinctive limited edition box and labels, and instinctually through the rich flavours of the wine.
Riedel places communication at the centre of his artistic practice that is synonymous with Pop and appropriation art. His expression, however, breaks away from the mechanical and simulacra of the generations they are famous for, creating text material that can continuously be seen in new ways at each glance. More specifically, his work engages with the aesthetic possibilities derived from digitisation and uses the idea of the transfer as new content in its own right.
Riedel has showcased his work as a solo artist and in group exhibitions in renowned institutions across Europe and the United States. These include the Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (2015); Kunstverein Hamburg (2010); Städel Museum, Frankfurt (2009 and 2008); Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM), Turin (2010); and the Tate Modern, London (2009). From 2013 to 2015, Riedel presented three site-specific installations at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
“Don’t we live in a big replacement culture in which everything must be made readable? I’m not in love with language – it’s the translation that gives me work to do. And if there’s a fascination, it’s for the fact that setting words turned into pouring text into a text box,” said Riedel about his work.
Riedel’s collaboration with Dom Pérignon saw him take the D and P in the Maison’s name to create a metaphor for the passage of time by creating a complex layering of the two letters across both the box and the bottle labels. The motif Riedel has created takes inspiration from the posters used as wallpaper during the artist’s spring exhibition at David Zwirner New York, and the text on the posters derives from a website selling fine art supplies.
Each Dom Pérignon is a true act of creation, made from only the best grapes. The champagne’s intensity is based on precision, both inviting and mysterious. Each Vintage has three Plénitudes, and embodies the total faith in the Power of Creation that is constantly renewed by Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy. Coupled with a bold sense of playfulness, Dom Pérignon inspires the greatest creators in the world. The Dom Pérignon Vintage 2006 by Michael Riedel is a limited edition collector’s bottle and limited quantities are available at leading liquor merchants nationwide for R1999,95, the perfect choice for a gift for friends and family.
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