The House of Ruinart unveiled its 2018 artist collaboration on March 8 in Paris. The world’s first established champagne house chose world-renowned Chinese artist Liu Bolin, “The Invisible Man,” as this year’s artist in residence.
Bolin is famous for his commitment to environmental and social awareness. He created an eight-image series emphasizing the invisible imprint of human labor during his ten-day stay at Maison Ruinart. Bolin’s work will be displayed at art fairs around the world, including at Frieze New York in May.The series shows Bolin camouflaged against various backgrounds in Maison Ruinart. The disappearing human bodies in the series comment on the expertise of the people who work behind closed doors to make champagne. The series showcases the invisible links between human hands and nature that go into the production of Ruinart Champagne.
“When you see a bottle of Ruinart, it’s hard to imagine the many complex processes that are required to produce it. Ruinart was the first established champagne house. Its history and its values, which are almost three hundred years old, imbue the daily production process.”—Liu Bolin.