Female artists salute 250 years of Veuve Clicquot in Los Angeles

Leading Female Artists Celebrate 250 Years of Veuve Clicquot in Los Angeles

Opening on October 26 in Los Angeles, a new Veuve Cliquot exhibition will see contemporary female artists – including Yayoi Kusama, Sheila Hicks, Tacita Dean and Paola Paronetto – respond to the champagne house’s free-spirited history.

When Madame Clicquot Ponsardin took over the reins of Veuve Veuve Clicquot in 1805, the so-called “Grande Dame de Champagne” became one of the first female business leaders of the modern era.

Since then, the famous champagne house has continued to draw inspiration from Madame Clicquot’s innovative and free-spirited sensibility, notably through Bold by Veuve Clicquot, an international program that aims to boost the visibility of women entrepreneurs.

Opening on October 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, the traveling exhibition ‘Solar Culture’ will make its US debut with works commissioned by leading contemporary female artists who have responded to heritage, accompanied by a selection of objects archives from the Veuve Clicquot collection.

For the show, which is part of Veuve Clicquot’s 250th anniversary celebrations (which also included a jaunt on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express), French curator Camille Morineau – in collaboration with designer Paola Paronetto – brought together ten pioneering female artists for the first time: Yayoi Kusama, Sheila Hicks, Tacita Dean, Inès Longevial, Cece Philips, Rosie McGuinness, Olimpia Zagnoli, Pénélope Bagieu, Moyoco Anno and Monique Frydman. The artists were given carte blanche for an original work inspired by the innovations of Madame Clicquot, which revolutionized the world of champagne, or the emotional strength of the sun, a nod to the house’s Solaire yellow, copyrighted in 1877.

Among the works are the striking polka-dot reinterpretation of a portrait of Madame Clicquot by Kusama and the portrait of the artist My heart that blooms in the dark of night, a limited-edition hand-painted floral sculpture, wrapped around a magnum of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2012. Taking the iconic yellow hue as her muse, American textile artist Sheila Hicks presents a cascading sculpture of yarn and yellow fabric, while British-German artist Tacita Dean captures the LA sun in analog film. The exhibition will also feature Veuve Clicquot’s latest La Grande Dame Vintage 2015, in collaboration with Italian ceramist Paola Paronetto.

View of the exhibition ‘Solaire Culture’, with the portrait of Madame Clicquot by Yayoi Kusama

As Jean-Marc Gallot, Chairman and CEO of Veuve Clicquot, explained in a press release: “This exhibition is an unprecedented event for Veuve Clicquot and the symbol of our ability to dream big and innovate constantly. Now in the United States, a key market for the house, this exhibition is settling in Los Angeles, a sunny city where art, design and style flourish, and will highlight the know-how of the house, typical of winegrowers. Champagne, the life of Madame Clicquot, our iconic Yellow label and the many works created for Veuve Clicquot in the 20th century by artists like Yayoi Kusama.’

Among the archive items on display are a signed letter from Madame Clicquot and an original bottle of Veuve Clicquot from the 1840s, the latter discovered in a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. Visitors will also have the opportunity to browse the Veuve Clicquot vineyard and chalk pits chalk cellars and immerse yourself in a film sharing the house’s winemaking secrets. §

Monique Fridman

Installation view of Tacita Dean, Six colored suns, 2022. Courtesy of the artist; Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris

Olimpia Zagnoli

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