After working with Erwin Olaf in 2016 and before that with such talented artists as Hubert Le Gall, Georgia Russel, Piet Hein Eek and Maarten Baas, Ruinart continues its artistic reinterpretations with Jaume Plensa. The Catalan sculptor presents his vision of the Maison with a tribute to the work of Dom Thierry Ruinart, the scholarly Benedictine monk and uncle of founder Nicolas Ruinart.
Ruinart has always had a special relationship with art, an affinity that dates all the way back to 1674, when Thierry Ruinart became “Master of Arts” at the age of just 17. He published an impressive number of works in Latin and French, some of which became references. Artistic reinterpretations between the celebrated Champagne house and artists began in the 19th century when Ruinart called on the talent of art deco illustrator Alphonse Mucha in 1896.
For its latest artistic reinterpretation and to reconnect with the work of Dom Thierry Ruinart, the Maison has chosen Catalan sculptor Jaume Plensa, known for his silhouettes of seated or kneeling human bodies composed of letters, and for his exploration of the relationship between the words and the body.
The work he created for Ruinart is a sculpture that deconstructs the polyglot works of Dom Thierry Ruinart, combining signs and letters from eight different alphabets. Each stainless steel letter has been assembled by hand, imparting a soul to this silent witness, anchored in the ground like the vines…or like Dom Thierry Ruinart’s deep roots in Champagne.
Jaume Plensa has also created a new box for the Ruinart Blanc de Blancs in a limited edition of just 20 copies. The frame of the box lets light through to reveal a magnum of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, an homage to the sparkling brilliance of Chardonnay, the legendary grape celebrated by Ruinart.