Wine: drink of gods, drink of mens
For its new temporary exhibition, the Cité du Vin explores Antiquity and traces the evolution of wine’s role in Graeco-Roman civilisation. The divine nectar, wine is also the drink of earthly banquets shared by men eager to get closer to the gods. Foremost among them is Dionysus, born of the love of Zeus and a mortal. He is the wandering god who discovers the vine and teaches men the art of making wine.
Nearly fifty works (ceramics, sculptures, paintings) produced by the greatest artists of their time will reveal the mythology linked to wine and its ritual consumption during ancient festivals and banquets.
3 contemporary creations at the heart of the exhibition
At the invitation of the Foundation for Wine Culture and Civilisations, street artists MonkeyBird, Delphine Delas and Rouge will each create a monumental figurative work, echoing the ancient works exhibited. Fully integrated into the exhibition tour, these installations will present a contemporary reading of major myths that have rarely been represented (the myth of Ampelos, Dionysian festivals and Dionysos’ travels around the world).
The Foundation for Wine Culture and Civilisations wanted, once again, to engage with today’s artists by offering exclusive creations (original works by matali crasset and Jérôme de Gerlache were specially designed for Mind-blowing! When art and design take on glass last year) and thus offer visitors a new look, a new interpretation, for an ever more exceptional experience. “We wanted to bring the modern look of contemporary artists face to face with ancient works, to show how ancient myths can still inspire today’s artists,” says Marion Eybert, temporary exhibitions manager at the Cité du Vin.
More information : https://www.laciteduvin.com/en/do/temporary-exhibitions/drinking-gods